“We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling.” – Carl Jung.
Now, abstract expressionism is something else. Here you feel every emotion, use every color, choose to follow whichever you want, expressed but exaggerated, synthesized, abstracted, with no association pictured and free to be associated with any event you choose, or none at all. It doesn’t matter. Just feel, like music. Like perfume. Like the atmosphere of twilight. Like a smile. Like a tear. Like the madness of confusion. Like rebellion. Like the laughter of a clown playing an insane joke.
I very much enjoyed this series. It was close to home and thus close to my heart. But, what interested me the most was the variety of colors with which it worked. Expressionism is all about color. We are blue when we are sad, green with envy, black rage, passion’s red, pretty in pink. This is the original sketch and, through the magic of digital software I was able to transform it into a summer day.
As though this was not enough, further transformation brought this image.
Twilight in the forest. A whole different feeling, without adding a shadow.
I have not been able to decide which I like better. My preference seems to change with the seasons and the time of day, with my mood, who I am with. What about you?