Saturday

White on White




White on White
 MM-O/C 36x48” (91.44 x 121.92 cm)


After an almost two year absence from painting, I finally held a paint brush in my hand, inhaled the scent of oil paint and Liquin as if they were rare perfumes. It has taken almost this long to also solve a technical issue with which I was faced trying to emulate the series “Typography Graveyard,” the Berkeley telephone poles with their remnants of torn paper fliers.


In a 2009 post ,“A discovery turns into an artistic vision,” there are samples of art works, were collage material and painting are combined in order to duplicate the visual experiences. Now I wanted to take the art to the next level, beyond “Howl” or “Beauty Re-defined,” which are both flat, absent of any light or shadow play and recreate the micro-structure on a larger scale, including adding shapes to the surface. “White on White” is the result of that quest.





Thank you for your visit
and comment . . .

Egmont



21 comments:

Studio Sylvia said...

Egmont, I love the neutral palette which graciously bows to texture and shadow. Could this be a reflection of your journey of highs and lows, an analogy?

Laura J. Wellner (author pseudonym Laura J. W. Ryan) said...

This is very beautiful, I always love the simplicity of white...I'm happy that you've found your way back to painting!

ooglebloops said...

I just love your work!!
I went to the previous post and saw the bookmarks- so generous - and I love them!!!Just happened to come home with 6 "new" books from the flea market today- so now I am set!!!

Kathy said...

Your work is fantastic! I love it, and am heartened to know that you've returned to painting after a two year hiatus. You have much to share with the rest of the world and I hope you keep going.

Dan Kent said...

Very subtle and beautiful. I think it would be wonderful to walk around it, and see how the light makes the shadows move. Or see it at different times of day.

Celeste Bergin said...

Egmont, this stops me in my tracks. Thanks so much for including your initial inspiration. I too have a deep LOVE for paper (and type) and I remember reading that you discovered the beauty of the posters on the telephone poles during your walks. I didn't think you could "top' the typography series....but here you have. It is brilliant. I see I can check out how you did it on your other blog....and I will! :)

Mark Sheeky said...

Welcome back to painting. It reminds me or wram white egg shells. The post on your other blog reveals just how large this one is too!

Ange said...

You must embark on MORE quests Egmont!!

The Artist Within Us said...

Dear Sylvia,

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you and acknowledging you recent visit and comment on my blog. Saturday I was traveling down the California coast from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to see what treasures the tsunami might have brought up from the ocean floor and to see my daughter who is attending the university at Santa Cruz.

As for your comment on the painting, I hope I do not disappoint you on your thoughts of it being an analogy to my health.

It truly is an artistic representation of the photographic series Typography Graveyard, taking the experience from digital to canvas.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Greetings Laura,

Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting on my painting, the first in almost two years. It certainly feels good to hold a paint brush again.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Greetings Pat,

Thank you looking in and also for seeing the entire process on the other blog.

Glad you also loved the bookmarks. You should know that a new set will be posted on April Fools day. These will have images from California's coastline.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Dear Kathy,

Please excuse my later reply, acknowledging your visit and comment.

Thank you for the encouragement and it truly is wonderful to be painting again. I have even started working on another even larger canvas, a painting that will take much longer to finish then "White on White".

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Dear Kent,

So wonderful of you for stopping by and having a look at my painting.

I still have to find the right spot in our house for this painting. At the moment it is hanging by the staircase, but I will move it a day or two.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Dear Celeste,

Thank you for gracing the blog with your presence.

The painting waited a very long time to be born as I have wanted to do a large version of what has been inspiring me the last several years.

On this blog there is a link on the sidebar of my most popular posts and if you check out 'A discovery turns into a vision' you will see my earlier attempts to use paint and collage material to re-create Berkeley telephone poles or walls.

Since you live on the west coast and are ever down in the Bay Area, stop by for a visit.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Greetings Mark,

Thank you for your kind words. It certainly feels good to be painting again. I have always wanted to do a painting in which white was the only colour.

I like painting large and the one I just started is 40 x 60 inches.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

The Artist Within Us said...

Dear Ange,

Thank you for visiting and you are very right that I should embark on more quests. and this is the year I try to catch up.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

taio said...

superb

Late Blooming Bohemian said...

Hello. So good to see you are creating. The work has quite a rhythm, a mild sping that becomes scattered closer to the bottom. Quite a interesting thing to focus on. Almost meditative. tess x

Late Blooming Bohemian said...

apologies. let me rewrite that. my keyboard is sticking.

Hello. So good to see you are creating. The work has quite a rhythm, a mild spin that becomes scattered closer to the bottom. Quite an interesting thing to focus on. Almost meditative. tess x

Leovi said...

I love the beautiful tones you have achieved

Seth said...

Stunning artwork. Such texture in complexity with such a limited palette. Wonderful.