O255-O258

After a trip away from home in August and September, I really struggled to get back to painting. Pressure at work and a mind that was too busy meant I was only in the studio for short periods of time and those were mostly short and distracted. In this mind-state I just played around with paint and slowly emerged three abstract paintings which I decided to keep. Some others did not make it…

O255

The one above was the first time I painted on canvas in quite a while. I rather enjoyed the feeling of canvas and will probably revert back to canvas more often in future.

This second one was painted the next day, and I started leaning into a more green and blue atmosphere. This is oil and cold wax on panel:

O256

The third one was made in the same week. It seems to be the most popular, based on Instagram likes – if that is anything to go by:

O258
O258: Pathless at Night (oil and cold wax on panel)

Robert Henri wrote:

THE WORK OF THE ART STUDENT is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the crowd. It costs to do this. If you succeed somewhat you may have to pay for it as well as enjoy it all your life.

Henri, Robert. The Art Spirit (p. 12). Basic Books.

When I made the last painting (O258) I was feeling my way through the days. My father had recently passed away (I wrote about this in another post), and since my return to New Zealand I have been ambivalent about my art and what I want to – or will be able to – achieve with it. I mean – why do this?

The emotion I felt reminded me of the phrase from Rilke’s poem “We must die because we have known them”. It is the sort of uncertainty one can perhaps only keep silent about – like wandering “Pathless at Night”:

...
But the grown man
shudders and is silent. The man who
has wandered pathless at night
in the mountain-range of his feelings:
is silent.

As the old sailor is silent,
and the terrors that he has endured
play inside him as though in quivering cages.

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

Oh yes! I have a silly little website up now for my art! For my upcoming exhibition at the David Lloyd Gallery in November,  I needed to have something more than an online blog presence, so I created my site Fritz Jooste Fine Art just to showcase some paintings.  It still needs some work to make it more professional, but it is there at least.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Special thanks to all followers and long-time supporters who have encouraged me with kind and thoughtful comments.

 

13 thoughts on “O255-O258

    1. Thanks so much Margaret, yup angst indeed, I believe taking it head on and living through it with honor and humor helps us bring out the richest, darkest colors without which each painting will not be honest

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  1. There is an almost floral quality to these – probably due to palette choices. I like the lightness that comes with the greens, in particular.

    Hang in there with painting – keep your art.

    Good luck with the web site and exhibition.

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  2. Ah, Fritz, big emotion in this post, want expecting it at first. You leave me here deeply moved. I can just feel with you. The struggles you go through, I wish you to keep your head up all the way, emerging again all sparkling and in splendor. For your work truly matters. Hm, I hope it does make any sense at all…

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    1. Thanks so much Sue! yes there is some emotion but ups and downs are part of the creative journey. I am fairly used to it by now but still share it on my blog so I can look back in time and see what I was going through when I painted what. I hope that makes sense?

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