Happy Friday, everyone! 😍
My next session for Abstract Sip & Paint Night is on 14th June (Friday night, as usual 😘). I will be guiding on a very interesting painting by someone known as the pioneer of abstract art ~ can guess who?
Wassily Kandinsky is the name! A Russian artist and art theorist, born in 1866, Kandinsky started his profession in law before he proceeded to painting studies when he was 30! Aha, what a similarity to my background too! 😍
Knowing that there was a prominent artist in history who started in legal background before embarking on artistic journey made me excited to learn more about Kandinsky! So far, what I’ve learnt are very interesting indeed!
Kandinsky was not just an artist, he was also a thinker. He had theories on the connection of art and spirituality, on how every painting created by an artist brings a spiritual connection to this world.
Kandinsky also developed a theory of geometric figures and their relationships – claiming, for example, that the circle is the most peaceful shape and represents the human soul.
The more I read, the more I am curious to learn more about Kandinsky – his experiment and exploration, his theories and findings – basically, his stories! 😍 This will be one of the ongoing studies and reading for me. 🤗
For the Abstract Sip & Paint Night on 14th June, I’ll be guiding everyone to paint the “Squares with Concentric Circles (Farbstudie – Quadrate und konzentrische Ringe)”. The painting looks simple, but it is not. In fact, it was one of the longest time consuming painting that I have ever done for a Sip & Paint Night session! Lol. Yet at the same time, it was very therapeutic, helped with focus, concentration and was very calming. ❤️
Kandinsky’s “Squares with Concentric Circles (Farbstudie – Quadrate und konzentrische Ringe)” was not actually a full-fledged picture, but rather a small study by Kandinsky on how different colour combinations are perceived, and Kandinsky used this in his creative process as a support material.
Oh, and believe it or not, the original artwork was actually made from a combination of watercolour, gouache and crayon on paper! It became well-known because of the story and the process behind it.
For Kandinsky, colour meant more than just a visual component of a picture. Colour is its soul. In his books, he described his own perspective on how colours interacted with each other and with the spectator in detail and very poetically.
Moreover, Kandinsky was a synaesthete, i.e. he could ‘hear colours’ and ‘see sounds.’ Hence, to recreate this painting on a different material and medium (acrylic on canvas), knowing the stories behind this art piece and of how/what Kandinsky viewed or perceived his arts to be, was actually a profound experience.
For the first time ever, we will be recreating this piece, Kandinsky’s famous Squares with Concentric Circles during the Abstract Sip & Paint Night in Art & Bonding, Desa Sri Hartamas! 14th June is the date, 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm as usual. Save the date and register early to secure your seats. 😍
Like I’ve mentioned earlier, Kandinsky developed a theory of geometric figures and their relationships, claiming that circle is the most peaceful shape and represents the human soul.
Surprisingly, that’s what I felt when painting those circles – I was at peace and there’s a soulful connection to the colours and the artwork. ♥️
Those who are coming for this session on 14th June, do share what’s your experience painting these colourful squares with concentric circles! 😘