KATklecz

Oil painting

Oil painting

Oil paint is the principal medium used for creative work, and it was my first admiration.
I enjoy everything about it! The smell, the creamy texture and the way that it glides so easily on a textured canvas. Endless possibilities for exploration! Oil paint remains wet longer than many other types of artists’ materials, so I can change the color, texture and composition many times. It is very forgiving, even allowing me to paint over previous layers. Playing with layers is different than with watercolor paint. Oil paint is not translucent and each additional coat of the paint has the ability to hold or conceal the previous brushstroke. I might even remove an entire layer of paint to begin anew. There are many kinds of brushes – from natural bristle to synthetic. All create different effects of strokes and textures. I experimented with many possibilities. But now I prefer to paint with a thin layer of paint on my canvas using a smaller flat brush. Going with the flow of lines, dots and circles, I challenge myself to paint without covering or changing anything. And because there are many kinds of whites in oil paints, I don’t leave any white surface from the canvas. I’ll just mix the right shade and use it like any other color.

 

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Watercolors

Watercolors

There are many kinds of watercolor paints. My favorite comes in a little glass bottle and is so vibrant and rich in pigments that it’s more like ink than paint. Even with the addition of some water it stays bright and alive. And, when I apply the paint on the paper with a juicy brush stroke, the magic begins. Painting with my adored “Kolinsky sable” brushes, with their superfine points and smooth handling, the watercolors allow me to see through every brush stroke. And while the translucent and vibrant watercolor plays with the texture of the paper, its delicate surface becomes more visible. In their marriage, they complement each other as they become harmoniously one. I have a constant love affair with watercolor’s lightness and transparency — so subtle and delicate. It is less forgiving than oil paint, demanding me to be spontaneous in the moment and providing me with many opportunities for happy “accidents”. These often become a very important part of the whole painting. There is no transparent white watercolor paint, so I leave the raw color of the paper between the lines. The white part of a watercolor painting is the paper left untouched by the paint, allowing the whole finished painting to be seen in a dream-like quality that suggests a notion of calmness and safety.

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Color of the moment

Color of the moment

I’m fascinated with colors. What I’ve learned about colors is that I never stop learning about them. They play a very important role in the world we live in and that surrounds us. Color is essential in enhancing our environment. It can communicate emotion, create moods and optical illusions, delight. It is so much more than just décor. It is almost impossible to separate the “seeing” of color from the “feeling” because so much of what we see is influenced by what we feel. Everybody has a natural affinity for or attraction to certain colors. The choice of colors in everyday life, such as those of the clothing you wear or how you decorate can be a powerful tool that can affect your emotions, mood and wellbeing. In my art I’m looking for combinations of colors that please the aesthetic sense and appreciation for beauty. My attraction to colors constantly changes, but can almost be like a love affair during which I indulge in the particular color and explore its possibilities. Lately, I really enjoyed working with blues and purples. Each palette expresses a different mood. The blue has a calming effect – it is the color of the water and sky. It symbolizes trust, peace and loyalty. It can create a sense of calmness and relaxation.I’m not sure, but maybe these are the colors of my soul’s desire right now. I can certainly say that the color combinations reflect my mood of the moment.

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The color red just makes me smile

The color red just makes me smile

Following black and white, red was the first color in use. Primarily associated with passion and a zest for life, red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people. It excites the emotions, from love and passion to fiery anger. Being very powerful, red can speed up the pulse, increase the respiration rate, and raise blood pressure – so it is impossible to ignore.

All reds are not created equal. Aside from light and dark shades, there are two kinds of red. Yellow-based reds are “tomato” reds. Blue-based reds are “berry” reds. When red is applied to a black background it glows, on white it appears dull, and in contrast with orange becomes somewhat lifeless.

The American abstract painter Ad Reinhardt immersed himself in the exploration of the color red in the painting titled “Red”. He had painted a rigid pattern of red squares using this most expressive color among the primary colors. With its strict geometry he revealed many variations of red hues.

Russian artist Kazmir Malevichin in his composition of “Eight Red Rectangles” not only explored the uneven spacing and slight tilt of the juxtaposed shapes but also played with the different tones of red. With the use of various red hues of floating rectangles on a white background he infused the composition with energy.

With its intensity red is energizing. It is vibrant and full of life.

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Black

Black

While white reflects light and is a presence of all color, black absorbs light and represents an absence of color. Black is the opposite of white – literally color without color. Typically black is associated with the unknown, with the negative – something secretive and sad. On the other hand, black is a very prestigious and formal color. In fashion and interiors, black exudes elegance and a seamless design element that’s always inviting for some contemporary and fun additions. Like Piet Mondrian’s abstract paintings, black plays a very important role. His most famous paintings are made up of red yellow, white and blue and, of course, the addition of black. Clean, simple and fun. So black doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with darkness and sadness but can be a great addition to all the colors bright and subtle to be a part of happy and joyful composition too. The notion of black signifying darkness might be looked at from a different point of view. Space is often thought of as a black void. Yet, when looked at very closely it is filled with stars and galaxies which, ironically, shine of light – the light from which all colors are born.

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If you don’t think of white as a color, think again….

If you don’t think of white as a color, think again….

White is not often considered a color. Even the Impressionists didn’t see white in nature. But, nature has plenty of white – objects such as clouds, snow, and flowers to name a just a few. White has its own harmony of silence.

For me either, next to the brightness and playfulness of all the other pigments, white in its pure form wasn’t something I was missing. Of course I always had a white tub of paint for mixing and adding to other colors, but never used it alone. Just white, in it’s pure, clean presence. With time, I realized its absence – that I was missing its luster and allure. White is more than just a color. It is the manifestation of all colors together, the complete energy and spectrum of light.

Slowly with time, white became an important part of my paintings. Leaving the white, raw color of paper between the colorful lines in my watercolors  is meant to establish a dreamy lightness, like a surreal quality, and suggests a notion of calmness and safety. White can offer something that no other color can – an inner cleansing and purifying of your thoughts and emotions. It is associated with purity, innocence, light, cleanliness and spirituality. It is the color of perfection. In psychology, white is the color of new beginnings; it is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon.

Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings (1951) consist of a different number of modular panels that have been painted completely white.  His primary aim was to create a painting that looked untouched by human hands, thereby being absolutely pure. Shocking when first exhibited in1953, his works gradually secured a place in art history as an important precursor of Minimalism and Conceptualism. They require attention from the viewer, asking one to slow down, watch  closely over time and realize the subtle shifts of colors, light and texture.

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