Art & Design
DARK DAYS OF AUTUMN
Hard to believe - but it is the end of October already! Happy Halloween to y'all, hope you're being treated to your fair share of sweet scares and little rewards. It's been a rough couple of months for me, but the small things (like our perishable table lanterns there) brighten up the dark spots. Somehow, whenever the important goals and pressing projects seems unattainable, it is always the little things that brings me back to the joy of the process and life in general!
Sometimes it is so hard to keep a positive outlook and continue a non-stop creative outpour... Not only has there been a (relatively) long hiatus in my painting and drawing (about two months now, I shudder to admit to myself!) - the design side of business just has been very overpowering. That's not surprising, since September and October are traditionally the busiest months out of the year for me. But in the bigger scheme of things there really, categorically is nothing to complain about: Too much work always beats out no work any way you slice it!
So, have youreself that nice hot cup of tea (maybe coffee or cocoa if that's your thing... hmmm marshmallows!!), watch the leaves turn color (or just enjoy the aroma of the falling rain), or maybe just take in your favorite horror movie and candy bar... just don't forget to treat yourself to a break - even if (or just because) the world is running you ragged. After all, time passes us all by quicker than it seems and sometimes 'wasting time' is the best way to stay sane!
"Der Blaue Reiter" - The German Expresssionist Movement
The German Expressionists have always been very close to my heart and a major source of my inspiration. For one, the group "Die Bruecke" was based in my home town of Berlin; but more specifically I remember my first experiences with gallery art: It was an exhibition of Modern Art in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin I visited with my family when I was about 10.
One of the pictures that stuck in my memory most were the bright, fragmented animal paintings of Franz Marc. I believe it was either the one of his deer motifs, to this day I'm not absolutely sure which specific one. The sheer energy of the colors has always stuck with me, although I just recently made the jump from mostly black and white drawing and sketching to implementing the power of color.
This full color print book focuses on the founding of the artists group "Der Blaue Reiter" in Munich, and the strong influences the personal relationships between the individual painters. Kandinsky, Gabriele Muenter, Marc, Macke, Werefkin and Jawlensky were some of the main contributors to the movement and are feature in a separate section for their individual works. This book also features a wealth of photos of all the members in the famous Murnau "Russenhaus", on the inspirational Tunis vacation, and on various meetings and private get-togethers. It is amazing how much of this material is available after this much time.
It is an absolute tragedy that the First World War not only tore apart the members of different nationalities, but claimed the lives of some of them as well. It is yet another example of the absolute senselessness of war.
"DER BLAUE REITER" by Hatje Cantz
German Language / Hardcover
Autumn - Carving out Meaning to Life
Fall is always the season that reminds me most about the impermanence of life. Hawaii in its mild, tropical splendor doesn't quite share the same degree of weather reversal as much of the other States on the mainland or other countries in the Northern climate zones do.
So the air of decay and smells of October rain on piles of gathered leaves, the aromas of baking and cooking that the seasonal harvest bounty conjurs up, are not quite as meaningful to us as they are to inhabitants of cooler regions, who are catching the first breaths of a looming winter by now.
As a reminder to the fragility of life, I started the pumpkin carving very early this year. For one thing, it does accompany a new tradition me and my husband started last year: to watch a scary movie every day until Halloween in a Fright Night movie countdown - and the flickering orange and golden grimaces are the perfect decorative elements.
On a deeper level, knowing that they will probably only last several days puts you to a profound decision: Do you make a simple image with the least amount of work that serves the purpose - or do you spend hours thinking up and carving down the intricate patterns, knowing they will get moldy and whither within a week? For my part, I choose to celebrate the moment, and life, making the most elaborate carvings I can think of ( although my blistered thumbs are not necessarily thanking me for that decision!), it is my lesson in humility, a meditative exercise to contemplate the fragility of all living things. ( Although I am cheating a bit by taking photos of them, making them thus more permanent...)
As this year several of our friends have been diagnosed with cancer (as thousands of others are all over the world), this is also a quiet dedication to their battle with their illness. I hope they find strength to carry on their fight, and may they find their way through this shadowed time of their lives.
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