Monday, August 20, 2012

A look at MOVEMENT and ENERGY in a painting.

A look at Movement and Energy in a painting.

Something that I am conscious of when I compose my painting is capturing some sense of movement and with it energy.

The landscape that my eyes look upon contains elements of dynamism. From the steady trot of horses hooves upon the water to the quiet stance of a women in reflection. Energy can be reflective and still or dynamic and moving.

The very action of the brush upon the quiet surface of the empty canvas causes one to move and to activate all of one's senses. The mind recalls memories and captures what the eye has observed, merging it with inner experience. The canvas is the plate that serves many tasty morsels and tantalising delights to the viewer. It becomes a means of communicating with the viewer through a language that is colour, texture, technique and composition. All combine to express the marriage of the artist and the subject that s/he has chosen to describe.

My pursuit is to freeze these islands of stillness and of movement. To document by means of a visual journal the people and places that my eyes’ lens focuses on. My soul is inspired , enriched and encouraged.
by Ana Pereira de Vlieg
(on exhibit until the 1 September at artSPACE gallery )

Whilst photographing, documenting , researching, observing, sketching and finally painting the magnificent cloud formations in and out of Africa, the other subject that caught my eye s lens was reflections.

Many artists over history, from Turner to contemporary artists, have tried to capture the fluffy, tangible yet intangible substance of clouds.
What I found whilst gazing up , was the inevitable effect the light of the skies had on the earth, particularly over water.

For just a moment this body of work investigated the reflections upon the sea shores of Durban, Kwazulu Natal.
A Race to the Rocks

A warm moment

As the day begins...

People on the beach

Reflecting on Reflections

Walking in Water
And whist observing,  I found a hypnotic beauty , reflecting upon those reflections...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Natal by Ana Pereira de Vlieg

Art Statement for exhibition at Artspace.

My daughter of 10 once announced, after a particularly disgruntled day when things were just not going her way, “Mummy, if this is what you call life...! Then I want nothing to do with it!”
How true is that of many of our thought patterns when we face life’s consistent hurdles and curved balls.

I seek to be thankful for moments of peace and hope.

The content of this series of work is taken from my hometown Durban. “ Natal “ depicts a symphony of cloud formations resting over the horizon of Durban. As I dance with paint, the colours radiate, forms move, short and long brush marks fuse to bring about a monumental and dramatic effect. Life is not all painful, but filled with moments of escape, of beauty and of hope. 

My pursuit is to freeze these islands of stillness and of movement. To document by means of a visual journal the people and places that my eyes’ lens focuses on. My soul is inspired , enriched and encouraged, like the sun’s rays upon one’s back in the middle of a wintery season.

Dramatic configurations of clouds, water, land and the figure depicts the world we know, but suggests the possibility of something wonderfully greater.

By inviting the viewer to share this space, I hope to convey new ways of seeing and of being encouraged in a world which holds the promise and fulfilment of an inexhaustible life.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Knobkerrie"oil on canvas.50 x 40
"Knobkerrie" , is the name of the man that my portrait was based on for the recent Durban D'arty exhibition. The photo was taken by my mum in law, Gille de Vlieg, who is a recognised documentary photographer from the 80 s. Her admiration for the man and my observation of his gentle eyes compelled me to exhibit him. I tried out some of Willie Jacobs colour recipe s for portraiture, and enjoyed them very much. Thanks Willie.

Durban D'arty took place at Artspace and the initial idea was suggested by durban artist Caroline Birch. Durban artists were to paint on a 50 x 40 canvas and then allowed to vote their favourite artwork. All signatures were covered by numbers. Prizes galore were handed out and congratulations went to Jane Digby(third) , Julia Forman (second) and Nicole Pletts (first). Artists drew a number out of a hat and then took the same numbered  painting home.

Ana holding Barbara Beck's painting 
The exhibition brought together a mix of experienced and amateur artists. Some amateurs were sensitive to exhibiting , fearing the disproval of those who would pick their work. Others questioned what they would do if they simply did not find the work they picked appealing. Could they really wipe out another s artwork?  But on the whole, those who exhibited were willing to respect each other and the levels that they were at.

After all...everyONEcounts.

My own story had a fascinating turn. I picked Barbara Becke s acrylic painting called" Seaweed". Since I tend to work with water myself , I had found it pleasing.  I have since made contact with Barbara, and co incidentally Barbara picked my painting of "Knobkerrie". What are the chances! Out of 120 participants.

God has a sense of humour indeed!Perhaps the paintings we picked carried a message for each of us, or perhaps we are mean't to cross paths with the artist... I am sure this exhibition has done much to bring the community together, at least, that was the heart of it.