This watercolour is directly based on one of the masterful paintings of an artist on DeviantArt whose work I very much admire. If you Google for “clijoco deviantart” and click on the Images tab you will see his gorgeous work. For me, his work strikes the perfect balance between representative and abstract painting.
Some of his work I can only describe as hauntingly beautiful, but I accept it may not be in everyone’s taste. Sadly, Cliff seems to have disappeared from DeviantArt and I could not find any other information about him.
Although I based my painting on the same concept as Cliff’s painting, I started with a thumbnail that I selected from the many I make every week:
In my still life, I tried to capture some of the same mystery as in Cliff’s paintings – a sort of curling inward in the semi-dark, a notion of “an infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing”:
Preludes – IV