Purple Madonna


Sometimes, scraps of remaining colors on your palette could make nice, spontaneous paintings…

This is one of those… Why do such quickly made images look better, more lively, than elaborate, hardly worked, pretentious compositions ? Could be the relaxed, je m’en fiche atitude? The likeness to painting quickly and energetically, a la prima?

There are artists known to have painted very quickly and energetically: Van Gogh for one… He did paint sometimes two canvas of 30 (71 cm x 92 cm?) in one single day! Another peintre rapideDegas, chose pastel as technique… or Duffy, with his watercolor like oil paintings, gracious, transparent, aerate… Watercolor artists – the real ones – also paint very quick… You can do a good watercolor in no more than 15-20 minutes…

Thinking too much can damage a lot the spontaneity of your painting. And spontaneity is a precious quality for a painting, in my opinion. A quality to cultivate with perseverance. You can think a lot afterwards. But, when you paint, you should do it quickly and energetically!

This painting of a Purple Virgin (I should say, maybe, purple hair virgin; virgin is also kind of metaphorically, of course…) is done before the year 2000, I cannot date it more precisely and it’s an oil painting. I think…
Purple Hair Virgin

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One response to “Purple Madonna

  1. I din’t quite understand: you are talking about a quick excerpt from Ben Wener but you are citing my text…?!?

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