A few years back, in midtown Manhattan, I was taking tango lessons from Musa. What I learned from dancing was- it is a lot like painting. When you push the floor with your feet, it is the same movement of the pushing of the brush against the canvas. They both use friction to make the movement.
Kline was painter. He understood movement. You can see by the energy in his work, he took huge chances with his brush strokes. His massive strokes of paint must have been done with a forty five dollar large brush that would later take an hour to clean.
Here in this tango video, Musa and I must have danced a good 400 hours to get to the quality of these dance steps. The small circles of movement by the toes, the tango wraps, the kicks and the WALK are all brush strokes in my world. Pushing, sweeping, gliding, and listening are the elements for not a good brush stroke but a fantastic brush stroke. The same for the dance step, you can take a halfhearted step or you can take a large, broad step. It is in the detail of quality of the movement.
Kandinsky’s paintings did not feature any human figures; an exception is Sunday, Old Russia (1904), in which Kandinsky recreates a highly colourful (and fanciful) view of peasants and nobles in front of the walls of a town. Riding Couple (1907) depicts a man on horseback, holding a woman with tenderness and care as they ride past a Russian town with luminous walls across a river. The horse is muted while the leaves in the trees, the town, and the reflections in the river glisten with spots of colour and brightness. This work demonstrates the influence of pointillism in the way the depth of field is collapsed into a flat, luminescent surface. Fauvism is also apparent in these early works. Colours are used to express Kandinsky’s experience of subject matter, not to describe objective nature.
Saatchi picked one of my paintings for an online group showing of Kandinsky’s work. This collection was picked by Rebecca Wilson who is the Chief Curator and Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was the main person for the gallery’s online presence.
I’m very pleased to let you know that I have chosen your work to be featured in the Inspired by Kandinsky Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here I’m very pleased to let you know that I have chosen your work to be featured in the Inspired by Kandinsky Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Mixed-Media-New-Media-Art/Inspired-by-Kandinsky/153961/23244/view My painting that was selected is entitled, He is all Pine I am apple orchard.
Anais Nin’s Dairy has a fanatastic quote I wrote below. I must admit, that I don’t understand all of if,
Other artists also are affected by their studio such as Philip Guston. He says, “I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. I go into the studio very fearfully; I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, “My God, did I do that?”
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo Da Vinci-
I find this true for painting, flying and swimming. Photo taken at Rock River, Willliamsville Vermont