Friday, July 30, 2010

Nude II by Sara Zin

'Nude II' by Sara Zin

The most beautiful thing about this image is the mix between realism and slight pieces of abstraction. The geometric shapes within the composition reveal a glimpse of the basic structure of a body. Form is separated into colored shapes and this doesn't distort the image. The painting is still realistic, the shape of the hands reveal the delicate grip. The human body is reduced to a series of shapes, but these shapes are already there. They exist within the detail and Sara Zin is making them clearer. She is showing us the basic structure of beauty. We can see that it is a series of shapes and it reveals the same amount of information as an actual body. We do not know who they are; we don't know how they feel and what they think. It raises questions of identity because it questions how much our body represents our true self.

Deeper Sorrow and Greater Joy

"The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."-Khalil Gibran
We only receive the lessons that we are ready to receive. It often feels as though life gives us to much to cope with; we are pushed to the very boundaries of experience. We are capable of receiving joy and sorrow in equal measure, because we receive a rounded experience of life. This experience spans a lifetime. At points we will exist within more sorrow than joy. Wait! If you can experience deep sorrow then you can also experience great joy. One of the best things about being alive is discovering the depths of what you are capable of feeling. When you love to the depths of what you can feel, it is always magic.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beholding by Victor Wang

Beholding by Victor Wang

In this painting the figure stares at the viewer. We are being perceived. Her hand gestures show communication, yet her mouth does not speak. Has she paused while she contemplates the words.

The textures in Wang's paintings are beautiful. He almost appears to be sculpting the surface. The layers of paint are controlled by a structured composition. It is both free flowing and controlled.

Victor Wang

A Hard Life

"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "compared to what?"" -Sydney J.Harris

Our understanding of life is defined by our experience of living. When we start to believe in nothing other than those experiences, we lose all sense of possibilities. If you have hated all your jobs; does it mean that all jobs are awful? If your relationships fail; does it mean that you will never find love? We all learn what jobs and what relationships are right for us. We learn and become aware through experience.

From experience I have a fixed view of life, but one day my experiences may change and I may see something new. If I restrict my view of what life is, by believing 'Life is hard', I may never claim the new experiences that are open to me. Preparation combined with hope will always lead to new experiences.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Where to Look

"People are accustomed to look at the heavens and to wonder what happens there. It would be better if they would look within themselves, to see what happens there." -Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

They would find beauty and wonder in both places. They would also find, a connection that links the heavens with a point within themselves.

Summer Exhibition at The Crocus Gallery

 'Bee' by Jina Wallwork

'Eagles' by Jina Wallwork 

'Flight of the Bumblebee' by Jina Wallwork

 'Owl' by Jina Wallwork

'Puffin' by Jina Wallwork

Each image was created on a sunny day. Some bees have found a home in my garden and I had spent the day watching them. I began to draw the flight of the bee and this inspired the series. During their creation I felt the energy of Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. I blended their energy together for each image I created. I combined the bold colors and animal subject matter of Franz Marc, with the abstracted structured composition of Kandinsky's later works.

I will be exhibiting these images at The Crocus Gallery from the 17th July-7th August.
Church Square, Lenton, Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG7 1SL

Friday, July 2, 2010


"Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them." -Henri Frederic Amiel
We will receive some of our wishes and others will remain a dream. Whatever our lives hold, it will always feature great joys and great sorrows. Every path is difficult and features both challenges and success. There can be no place for jealousy because everyone is struggling with something. Some people hide their problems better than others.

Franz Ackermann and Parallel Worlds

In this video Franz Ackermann mentions, using painting 'to create a world parallel to reality'. As a painter I can understand this philosophy. The painting exists beyond perception; it is an idea. Once the painting is created it reveals a parallel world beyond perception. This world becomes visible within the painting.