Where did the inspiration come from for this piece?
The inspiration actually came from a visit to a park in the alpine town of Bad Reichenhall (just 15 minutes from Salzburg). I was doing an Academy course there at the Art Academy. The subject was “Nature and Abstraction”. Well, I saw this creek in this very idyllic park, there was a slight breeze, the light was a bit harsh and so the reflection of the surrounding trees, bushes, flowers were moving across the water. Everything was shimmering. It seemed as if the light was solid and entered the water. Therefore I called it Ingress. I painted that then actually when I was home again.
What is the creative process when creating your abstract paintings?
My creative process has a couple of approaches. Either I start just with colours in mind and maybe a subject matter. Like e.g. nature, but nothing too concrete. And then I let the work direct me. Here, in this case, I definitely had the creek and its reflexions as well as trees and bushes in mind and I tried to convert it into something more abstract. But for me, it should still have a touch of ‘real’. I think that in my work in general, and also with “Ingress”, one can still imagine that it has something to do with nature. Then, I usually use colours in many transparent layers to create depth.
How long would this work have taken you?
Oh, this work took me a long time. I must admit that it was a bit of a fight and it took all my patience to complete this work. I cannot say exactly anymore but it probably took me a month to get it where it is now. In retrospect, I believe that I had a very fixed image in mind and of course when you paint that might hinder you. But I got it eventually to a point I was very satisfied with.
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