too much

Here, winter is finally here, with some snow and icy temperatures. But the sun is shining and -my favorite saying in winter- you can already feel who the sun gains strength.

The weekend was busy, with many things, like jogging in a little snow storm and an observation; The whitest snow flakes look actually black against a grey sky.

hmm. I do not know what that means, but I like the observation. Everything is a matter of the perspective, maybe.

I was also painting, working on a portrait in oil, maybe wanting too much too fast and sort of failing. But I think I can correct it.

I was also working on a couple of perfume ideas, sniffing forth and back, and somewhat "losgelöst - German for "free floating" mixing a few ideas, wanting too much too fast and sort of failing. But I can correct it. On Sunday I did a quick pencil sketch (today's picture), practice work so to say, for the "drawing in the museum course" that I am attending. Here's the totally disturbing and disappointing experience from day one of the course, last week: Drawing a human figure, based on a 3D classical statue, with movement in the gesture, is soooooo difficult. Just to get the proportions right: Amazingly difficult. Because what we see is not what we draw, or maybe the other way round: Because what we draw is how we see and when seeing we do not pick up reality but focus on what's important to us or what draws our attention. And bang! You draw gigantic heads because you focused on the head. My first sketches in the museum were so pathetic.

In perfumery: Totally the same thing. You are thinking about a nice little note and because you focus on it, it becomes overpowering and out of proportions. At least it often works like that for me.

What helps: doing testing sketches, just a few scented lines, to get a feeling for the proportions. And , like in drawing, if you have done many of them, you can start painting without having to look at the object and then things start to fall into place. That's the hope at least.


7 thoughts on “too much”

  • It's so true 'when seeing we do not pick up reality'. So many times I saw a beautiful landscape and then took a picture, but the frame of the photo somehow feels different than the moment I perceive the landscape with my own eyes.

    I've been using the Mandarine Ambrée soap from the advent calendar for a while. It's so lovely, especially when washing hands with hot water, the steam brings up the citrus fragrance, as if I was smelling a lemon tea. Thank you so much for this wonderful creation!

  • I love these comparisons in perspective working in different media. If I might respectfully suggest Mary Edwards "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" is a workbook toward drawing what we see rather than what we think we see, i.e. the spatial relations we apprehend rather than the symbols through which we mediate our experience.

  • I too have taken to multiple sketches and studies before I actually start a painting. I need to. I have to live into the images - stretch them a bit, distort them a bit, like a pendulum finding its balance. Since I mix my own colors from raw pigments, i also make color charts for a particular painting and keep records of how much pigment is blended and leave it an come back a day or two later to see if I want to adjust it more. I actually love this approach because it is a time of freedom and exploration where I can push the limits and beyond. After I have done all of that, like a pendulum, I have found my balance with a work and begin to paint.

  • Thank you for sharing, LaRaffinee!
    I love the idea of working with raw pigments and I think I can totally relate. Recently, when doing work in oil, I use a minimal color palette, no black, only white, blue, burnt umber, sometimes yellow, hardly any red. before actually painting I try to come up with black (blue and burnt umber), the tones between white and black and this can take for ever. And I love it, sometimes I feel sorry that I have to start painting, worried about spoiling it all...

  • Thank you, Nicholas!
    I will add it to the drawing books that I own already. They are all inspiration pure. Indeed, ... I often use the term "code". Painting is decoding. Maybe creating perfumes is too.

  • Thank you, Stella! Your lines made me happy.
    And yes: I am always amazed how different things look when taking a picture. It is amazing how much we filter out when looking.

  • hotlanta linda 20. January 2016 at 1:35

    I`m dedicating the Steve Miller Band`s ``Fly Like an Eagle`` to you to free your imagination1 ;-)!!


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