Soar Climb high Enjoy the freedom and endless vastness.
Open the wings Float in the blue sky Carried by the wind as your friend.
Unfold yourself wide Once again flourish Rejoice in life that’s given to you.
Let yourself be carried On the wings of the eagle During your next stage on the way to the goal.
The evening is approaching The strength is waning But the eternal Father lovingly carries you home.
The poem was written on the occasion of the retirement and 70th birthday of a dear friend, inspired by Willow Tree‘s figure “Soar”. The picture was made later.
Both the figure and the picture symbolize for me a release for something new. The original reason was the knowledge that even at the age of 70, my friend will not simply fall into a state of inactivity, but will now use the time for a new, last period of flourishing of the God-given gifts and possibilities. But this is not only true for my friend or others on the verge of retirement. There is potential in all of us and we are challenged to unfold the possibilities that lie within us, just like a butterfly that has just hatched out of its cocoon and is unfolding its wings. Gradually the full size of its wings becomes visible.
The bird in the picture and in the figurine is encouraged to fly away by raising the hands. Sometimes we need such “midwives”. They remind me of some bird species that push their hesitant offspring out of the nest or unobtrusively deprive them of their direct support when flying. The fledglings have to overcome their hesitation and flap their own wings. And so we too must fly ourselves or we will be sucked into the comfort of the status quo.
Therefor, you too – Soar – to new adventures – and open your wings wide!
Mid May I participated in the very last elective seminar of my art studies. The topic of portraits has long interested me and from time to time I practiced portrait drawing and painting with the help of my JKPP friends.
This time the topic was not just “normal” portrait painting.
Excerpt from the course description:
From everybody’s childhood to Leonardo’s spot on the wall, the alienation of physiognomical perception is the source of interpretation and insight. In this process it can happen that “only the inner image” of the physiognomy of the other comes fully into its own (as can be seen in the works of Beckmann, Ensor, Kokoschka, Modigliani, Schiele, Picasso and others).
In this portrait seminar we will emphasize the own view and the subjective visual language, because the exploration of the vis-à-vis will also further the exploration of one’s own self.
During this seminar the goal was not so much to paint a realistic picture of another person and aim at 100% resemblance but the exploration of different techniques that are suitable for modern portraits.
As a result, similarities with living persons are more or less accidental. 😉
Nevertheless, if one wants to depict a certain person in a modern style portrait, then it is of utmost importance that the eye area is correct and leads to a recognition effect.
In three weeks the exhibition “Unterwegs” (en route) will be opened in Wels, Upper Austria.
This is a group exhibition of Marten Berger, Jutta Blühberger, Bernd Friedmann, Judith Lanz, Anna Mayer, Jochen Mayer, Solomon Okpurukhre, Beate Riepl, and Fritz Wolf.
The opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday, February, 28th 2015 at 7pm, at the Galerie Nöfa (Anzengruberstraße 8-10, 4600 Wels, Upper Austria. Tel.: +43 7242 35 1 36-0).
We are nine Christian artists who have met along the road and want to share a part of their journey with each other and you. The exhibition wants to be a road sign to the good road that lead to the Father house.
Last week I discovered an unusual painting course in Linz, Upper Austria. I was able to participate one evening and get to know it a little bit. Friedrich Wurm developed a concept called “Paint and Smile. He offers four different painting techniques that are also suitable for beginners. The topic of this evening was “Adventures in your head”.
Here is my result of this creativity evening. I was amazed myself what we were able to achieve with simple and unconventional methods.