January Painting 2.0

Fresh beginnings in 2016 – I have rearranged my studio space lately, with my design work in one room and my messy painting space in the adjacent room.

Cathrin Gressieker_studio

I started working on my canvas in a great mood with lots of colourful mark making and listening to music.

Cathrin Gressieker-week1 canvas

There were already so many layers on it and the layering of paint and later shapes went on and on and on … and it didn’t feel right and wouldn’t click into place. I had a lot of patience and trust as I know that some paintings really take time to tell you what they want to become. And this painting just didn’t want to be bright and colorful. So I took a big brush and a lot of white paint.

Cathrin Gressieker_January2
January Heart, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm

The children didn’t like it (and they usually like everything I do), hubby didn’t like it, but you know what – I like it. I love it. The painting feels like I want it to feel. And I feel it.

But when I was finished, it started dawning on me – I had painted this painting before! Kind of, last January. Similar colours, similar shapes, similar feel. Must be January.