There's this place in the forest that I always come back to whenever I visit Busteni. It's a tree stump in a clearing, where I usually sit to meditate, read or just listen to the silence of the forest, permeated only by the wind, the singing of birds or the flow of the river nearby. It's a wonderful place to disconnect from the chaos and enjoy the more important part of life that we miss so much nowadays in our busy cities and fast forward society. I've been in a few places in the world, but this little hidden stump in the clearing of the forest remains one of my favorites. It may be a cliche (cliches are cliches until you practice them), but if you look closely at mundane things, instead of looking through them, you start seeing their hidden-in-plain-sight-magic. Here, the leaves glow when the sun shines through them, they really do. Given the shadows nearby and the placement of the glade, you can clearly observe this.
Now I have photographed this place many times, but always had the feeling that something is missing. Of course it is, the camera doesn't see that glow, then there's no silence of the forest, no birds, no river, no wind. Well, it's good enough, but doesn't tell the full story. You always have to live the story. So I decided to try and paint this place. Quite a high task, as this is basically my first attempt at watercolor and gouache. And, of course, it is a failure. But I sincerely hope that in the next few years I will know enough about this medium so I can do justice in potraying this amazing place. Until then, I am sharing this as a promise to myself. :) Enjoy your weekend, friends!
I have lots and lots of things in work these days: 1. I’m working on a large secret project and I need to come back to it every day for a few weeks. This is how I can control my colors and get to work easily each day. 2. A 24x24” canvas that I’ve reworked a few times. It’s now waiting for the image to emerge, in the vein of my accordion book paintings, 3. The beginning of a small painting of a family on wood inspired by vintage photos. I love to imagine the lives these people had that are now either over or close..4. From my collection of vintage photos 5.pink side of accordion book, 6. Green side 7. One little sketch from my next book!