Kindred colour spirits
Not my studio - but my good painter friend Marit Stang's studio in Norway.
I just love her paintings. In addition, sometimes it looks as if we've been working in the same studio, influenced by the same colours, or by the same nature. We are kindred colour spirits, one could say.
But we are in fact working far, far away from each other. Marit in Norway, at the nordic top of Europe, and myself at the very bottom, by the French Riviera. But still, there's connection in how we see and use colour. Proven here in a few samples.
Marit says this about her canvases: “Some canvases are layered with previous attempts - some colour may shine through - but I find these canvases are often setting me free - in that they can only be better.”
I couldn’t tell, if this snowy scene is built upon layers of former ideas. But it would be nice to imagine that this dense snow covers layers of green, blue and brown from seasons fore and after...
I often think of painting as a sign-language; a lasting one, leaving a trace. The painter’s movements are the signs, paint makes them lasting and traceable and colour enriches it all.
More details about Marit and her process can be found in Newsletter nº10, Great Girls who go for it.