Colorful City Art
Colorful City Art
This Colorful City Art is my way to see the world with a happy light on it. When I start painting a colourful city, 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, but a single straight line can bring some special tension to it.
The first drawing is a doodle like a child’s scratch.
Adding lights and shades creates 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, because a pastel-colored world does not exist. 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, but only by creating a new layer over the layer again and 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.
Though very colorful, usually the cities are in the dark. 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 determines often the title of the painting.
Some works are painted with gouache. Painting with gouache means that you will get the brightest colours of all sorts of paint. It will always dissolve, when you paint it over with water or paint. I love using gouache with wallpaper paste and than paint with my hands over the slippery surface.