09 desember 2007

Panta Rei

Pantha rei oil on canvas 90x90 cm Elisabeth - Gallery Xpremental

This is my favourite painting so far.

I do not know how many layers of thin paint I put on.
I do not know exactly how many hours I was painting.
I do not know if there were 9 month or twelve it took to finish.

What I do know, is that it does not matter.
When I started I just knew that it was what I had to do.
Over the months I was painting it filled my soul with peace and my senses was more alert for inspiration from the life around me.

What I understood was that this special image had opened up my eyes to the important values in life. It dawned on me that what I thought was my personal religion that actually was quite simple, not only were mine, but shared of unumbered people that had seen the same as me for thousands of years.

When it comes to the actual painting, I have experienced different types of paint, brushes, strokes, thinners, methods, strategy. I went to an restauratation specialist in France which is restauring old paintings in south France and she thought me to stretch and prepare the canvas like in medieaval times. She thought me also how to create folds and depth.

The title Pantha rei felt natural to me, since I did not make a copy. And to copy a glimpse of the universe that is just flowing would be quite bizzare. It was thru my background investigating on Heraklit I found that it was something called "Pantheism"..

Voila, ma révérence pour la nature c'est ma vie

When I started to paint Pantha rei it was from an unforgetable inspiration the NASA Hubbletelescope team had given me. When I saw the "Orion Nebula" it on their web, I was sold. By the time my painting was finished, the Orion Nebula picture had been the most popular and very known.

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