O145-148: The Great Yes

This is an abstract in which I have deviated a bit from the color recipe I used in the past few paintings. I quite like this color scheme – reminds me of the Karoo desert somehow.


Below are a two more small landscapes I did along the way. With the thick impasto reflected light is quite a problem and unfortunately the photos do not really show the paintings off very well. But there you have it!


Looking back over a few of my earlier posts (does anyone else ever do that?), I looked at one of my earliest attempts at abstract painting, and I found the following paragraph still applies:

When I watch those spontaneous, vivacious people on YouTube splashing away to create massive Acrylic abstract paintings within an hour or two, I go green with envy. And yet, part of me embraces the anxiety, the constraints, the hesitancy that makes me what I am. This is my road to walk – may I say “Yes” to it!

Che Fece…Il Gran Refiuto
For some people the day comes
when they have to declare the great Yes
or the great No. It’s clear at once who has the Yes
ready within him; and saying it,
he goes from honor to honor, strong in his conviction.
He who refuses does not repent. Asked again,
he’d still say no. Yet that no—the right no—
drags him down all his life.
C.P. Cafavy, translated by Edmund Keeley
This version copied from PoetryFoundation.org

Many thanks for all of you who encourage me with likes and comments, and a special thanks to those who follow my blog.

11 thoughts on “O145-148: The Great Yes

  1. Fritz!! I need to go back and review the posts I missed during my move. Something has happened. Do you sense it? Your painting is so free and “genuine” now. I love this painting. You have freed your Muse, I think.

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    1. Thanks so much. And yes, indeed something has changed. I think I started to really change my attitude to being much more experimental and less “product” driven around post #O111 “The Doubt” and onwards. I feel sorry for the followers of my blog because not all experiments end in success. But my blog is a self documentation of my own journey in an honest way, so I guess everything belongs!
      Thanks so much for your encouragement. I hope you find time and space to get back and take some great photos soon!

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  2. I think it’s good that you do the blog for yourself as a way of chronicling your experiments. You can never tell what you’ll learn from the whole experience — that which includes making the paintings and also being able to look back after the passage of time and to see the journey.

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    1. Thanks Aletha! In my case it is quite important to keep this (b)log since I paint over my earlier paintings all the time. So I can look back over time and see what I was up to…


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