Abandon

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

GERSTAECKER | N° 5 multiblok A2, 42 cm x 59,4 cm 160 g/m² 
Faber Castell Polychromos & Caran d'ache Luminance
3 Weeks - my own refference



This has to be the work I am most proud of so far. I had this picture from the start of corona last year when I used my commute-less extra hours to go running. It was my time, me and the universe, and my body. I would run and enjoyed the summer days and more than often, stop to take pictures of flowers. When I saw this next to the port I was in love with these flowers and how bright they were and how much contrast there was with the abandoned bike behind it. It took me a year almost to decide to paint it. But that I did.


The title says it all. Not only the bike and the way the flowers grew in that plot of land in all abandonment; but also the way I felt every time I went running on my own. I would abandon everything in this world for that one hour. I abandoned my problems, my fear brought by corona, my wishes, my desires, my expectations of myself, and everything else. I abandoned my roles, my capacities, my thoughts. I was just me and my body and the universe guiding me every step and every breath. I felt alive and present like no other time. I guess that is why I enjoy moving so much. When I move, whatever the reason, I need to be conscious and present and abandon myself to the movement to feel alive. This picture reminds me always of that feeling. Pure freedom, real freedom.

Process

The initial sketch took a while. I first made it pieces as I traced each part into the paper. To be honest, I started with squares and the tracing came after when I needed to confirm each main element, such as the flowers. Turns out I did a pretty good job with the sketch and only needed to tweak some parts.

I already had a color palette in mind. I did not want to make the black areas look so sad and depressing, but rather, I want to make them vibrant and as much of the picture as the flowers. The turquoise hue was an accident as I was expecting it bluer. But I was so happy with it I kept going. The background was the easiest, as I needed to keep it simple and faded. 

I did not realize I was working in the order of layers until now. I started with the background, then the bike, and finally the foreground with the flowers and the leaves. The main reason for this is that I did not want to smear any of the vibrant red on the rest of the drawing as I worked. So I left the brightest hues to the end.

I learned a lot about textures and found my favorite technique thus far. I can't wait to apply this to my next piece! (Which is already sketched out waiting for over a week hahaha)

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