February 2014

- Sea of Colour -

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When we travelled to Gomera in February, our son Joel had just turned two and at that precise lively age, was keeping my husband Klaus and me fully occupied at all times. Even so, I’d packed my painting materials in our luggage, but it quickly became clear, this wouldn’t become a painting holiday. So I decided to at least paint the sunset every day after dinner. And I would make it my personal challenge to paint them in their different stages. As the sky was always a bit cloudy, each sunset developed in a spectacular fashion. But I never had much time: only a few minutes and the sun, which I had only just measured with my thumb as standing about twenty centimetres above the horizon, disappeared into the sea. Even though painting with watercolours can be a very quick technique, looking into the distance, mixing the colours, applying the brushstrokes onto the paper does demand time. And second after second the sun was sinking, while the sky was constantly illuminated with new colours. In this way, painting the sunsets was like a series of short-range prints. I was at the starting line every evening and I dived into an intensive time of tension, struggled with perception and implementation, I painted and emerged again – when the horizon was faded and the picture was finished. I felt redeemed, because there was then nothing more to do, except to enjoy the evening together with Klaus and Joel.

 

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