Most of my abstract architecture paintings arise naturally. I just move the brush or the palette knife on the canvas and there it goes. When I paint with acrylics I don’t get a mess that quickly because the paint dries very fast. That’s also the reason that you can take the painting wherever you want. Sometimes this makes the process more easy, because you can paint it over and over again. Mostly I don’t know what the painting is going to be, so I just start with a colour or two and make movements on the canvas. Then I can see from the shapes what it could become: a building, stairs, a horizon, a whole town, or just a tower.
When the painting becomes a City
Often I am inspired by Max van Huut. He is one of the architects from “De Buitenplaats” in Eelde in The Netherlands. When I start painting a town, I’m just as thrilled and at the same time in complete panic as with an abstract painting. That feeling is the same every time. It is a wonderful feeling,
but again it creates chaos in my head.
I try to create order in this chaos by drawing smooth lines and by bringing harmony into the bright colors, but the tension in the painting must remain. I do that by interrupting the smooth lines here and there. They must be round, curved lines. A single straight line can bring some tension to it.
The first drawing is a doodle like a child’s scratch.
Adding lights and shades create roofs, walls or floors. At first sight there is harmony, but the chaos persists, because it is not always clear what for instance is the roof and what the wall. Still, I want it to look like if you could build a town like that.
Furthermore, the colors shouldn’t be pastel, they should not be floating. A pastel-colored world does not exist and the world is not only nice and sweet. I love deep and full colors. You can not achieve this effect by putting the right color in one go, only by creating a new layer over it each time again. It looks like a beautiful, brightly colored city, but when you take a close view, you’ll see that it is impossible to build a world like this.
Usually towns are in the dark, but very colorful. There are no people on the streets and the moon is shining. In every painitng you’ll see the light shining on the city. It reflects the mood of the city. This mood mostly determines the title of the painting.
To read more about the emergence of several paintings look on my Artistic Approach.