Yesterday, in my town we had the very first warm day of sun and blossoming flowers, so we decided to go walking in the woods and enjoy the beautiful colours of nature.
I feel as I need to get some new energy from the sun, from the grass, from the old olive trees of my garden.
Actually I am opening my mind to some new knowledge since I had an intuition for a new series of work to be launched in the month of June during the third event of the Bloomz Art Show (take a look here).
This idea relates to psychology, developed as a new science in Vienna more or less one century ago. Vienna had to be a blazing place until the start of the First World War, with many artists such as Klimt and Schiele enriching the cultural life and proposing new forms of art, whose ideas and techniques were in complete rupture with respect to the classical tradition and to the Impressionists and Postoimpressionists as well.
The founders of Psycology as a new science were Freud and Jung, as you may know.
Carl Jung’s ideas in particular appear to be functional to my project, and that is the reason.
Jung rejected the theory of human psychological development. He proposed that thoughts, connections, behaviors, and feelings exist within the human race such as belonging, love, death, and fear, among others. These constitute what Jung called as collective unconscious. He believed that evolutionary pressures have individual predestinations manifested in archetypes.
According to Jung, archetypes are inherited potentials that are actualized when they enter consciousness as images or manifest in behavior on interaction with the outside world. They are autonomous and hidden forms which are transformed once they enter human consciousness and are given particular expression by individuals and their cultures.
In Jungian psychology, archetypes are highly developed elements of the collective unconscious. The existence of archetypes may be inferred from stories, art, myths, religions, or dreams.
This approach is terribly charming, isn’t?
The archetypes form a dynamic substratum common to all humanity, upon the foundation of which each individual builds his own experience of life, colouring them with his unique culture, personality and life events. Thus, while archetypes themselves may be conceived as a relative few innate nebulous forms, from these may arise innumerable images, symbols and patterns of behavior. While the emerging images and forms are apprehended consciously, the archetypes which inform them are elementary structures which are unconscious and impossible to apprehend.
I’m reading a book about the manifestations of the female archetypes in ancient tales and legends of all countries. I am finding quite hard to understand everything because I am totally new to Psychology and to the language of this subject, but I am fascinated by this common, universal categorization of human beings.
My plan is to build a bunch of work depicting the female archetypes in the Jungian psycology.
Are you a Visionary or a Performer? An Explorer or an Intellectual? Everyone is a superposition of different archetypes, and the real struggle is to balance them all and find our inner equilibrium.
I think that this process of study will lead me through a travel inside my soul, my behaviour, my actions.
To start, I propose you a game!
Take this quiz and let me know what kinds of archetype are prevalent in you, and if you feel it’s true or not!
You will also find some downloadable sheets with the main points of your archetypes.
The first action of self-love that I did about two years ago, when I deliberately decided to start making art, was buying some charcoal to study and understand how to draw a face.
That was the very precise moment when I realised that I wanted to dedicate some of my time for a passion that had to be just mine. Not for my office, not for my husband, not for my children.
But just for Elisa.
Why charcoal? Because it’s the most forgiving medium, and if you make a mistake you can go back and try again simply rubbing it off from the paper.
Two years later, I still relate the learning of new skills to the use of charcoal and dry media. So I’ve decided to challenge myself in new skills and I will spend 100 days drawing figures in charcoal, trying to get looseness in the anatomy, without giving too much evidence to details.
And since I am a perfectionist, a bit of forgiveness is what I really need to balance my continuous tendency to self-judgement.
Gesture, movement, expressivity. These are my goals, and here some of the works of the first week.
Just black dust on a newspaper pad.
I also keep working on my series of huge paintings dedicated to meaningful female characters in literature. After Anna Karerina, Eve and Catherine Earnshaw Linton in Wuthering Heights, I have a crowded list of extraordinary women that I would love to paint and celebrate on canvas.
I will let my instinct guide me, and I will follow the order that better suits me, exclusively based on my intuition.
Will I be bold in colours and brushstrokes?
Or I’ll go tight?
Every moment is a choice, an opportunity.
Every movement of wrist, hand, arm and shoulder is a manifestation of the freedom that fills my mind, and I manifest my unconditional love for the woman I am.
The imperfect woman. The only one I will ever have!
Are you unpacking all your Christmas decorations?
Are you already looking for a special, unexpected and original present for your sister, mother, or best friend?
Do you think that perfumes, bottles of wine and foulards are the most boring presents ever (as I do, LOL)?
You would love to imprint on paper you best smile during your last trip in Italy, or the first kiss with your husband, because keeping our beloved ones in front of our eyes gives us strenght and joy.
You may want a portrait of your children to be hanged in your office, in order to have a tender visual connection with them even when you are working.
You are looking for a unique and affordable idea to celebrate your essence of amazing human being.
I do not wear a red dress like Santa Claus, but I am definitely a creative soul and in this special time of the year I want to offer to my subscribers, fans and collectors the opportunity of having one of my art pieces at a special price.
From Monday 30 November to Sunday 20 December you will be able to commission me a drawing in pencils or buy one of my available drawings for 99 euros! First come, first served!
Each day I will post on my social media accounts a pencil sketch on paper, whose dimensions are in average 15 cms by 20 cms.
The drawings can be yours at the special price of 99 euros (notice that shipping costs are extra and will be determined on the basis of your address).
As an alternative, if you prefer to have your own subject portrayed, just message me or contact me via my website (here) to schedule a commission consultation with a resulting sketch at the same price!
I’m so excited about Christmas time!
Embrace the joy of Christmas with me!
Are you enchanted by the deepest blue, starry skies at night?
Do you imagine to travel through space and time?
Do you like identifying the stars and you find yourself captured by the moonlight?
I believe we are made of stardust, as we are a part of the universe and a step of the creation.
Stars to sail the stormy seas safely.
Falling stars to make a wish.
I don’t read horoscopes, and I don’t want to know my future, but I love Greek mythology and I’ve always loved Astronomy. I wonder what is beyond the dark of the night, and when I think that the light of a star that I see in a moment was emitted maybe one year ago, or even more, I feel speechless.
We are so fragile.
We stand in our little, busy daily life in front of an apparently moveless universe. But it expands, it grows and new stars are born,whilst old stars fade away and suck up the matter.
Is there silence, in the space? Do stars have a scent?
I want to celebrate the triumph of Creation. I want to represent the eternal light that all creates. I want to give a tribute to our desire of searching, knowing, exploring, overcoming fears, overcoming darkness.
All these themes populate a series of small mixed media paintings (size A4) I am actually working on, that speak about constellations and show the strong symbolism related to them.
This will be a limited series of works, dedicated to the Zodiac constellations, and no prints will be made.
The release of the ‘Constellation’ serie will be in the month of December.
Be sure to check my personal page on Facebook and my website to know more about the release of the paintings and to see some work in progress pictures I will be posting along the journey through galaxies!
Woohoo!!!! What an amazing weekend it has been!
I have smiled, laughed, learnt, and met so many pleasant people from all around the world, that now I feel rich inside. How amazing is when you can live many lives in just one day, simply opening the doors of your studio to the online visitors at the Blomz event!
And also it’s amazing how much energy you give and you get talking personally to people!
Definitely in these times of isolation and restrictions affecting our habits, I need more joy in my life.
With the purpose of finding and enhancing the joy in eveyday life, in each day of October I will offer to you a ‘nugget’ of happiness on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. A post, a short video, a picture that inspires me.
A small morsel of joy, ready to be swallowed from all of you.
I will let life surprise me, and I will not deliberately look for anything specific.
I want joy to find me.
I want to be amazed and nurtured from life.
In Italy we say ‘La fortuna è cieca‘, which means ‘Fortune is blind‘, because no one can predict who will be touched, and when, and where.
Let’s suppose that is the same for the springs of joy. Sometimes you know what makes you happy, relaxed, smiling. Sometimes you don’t know. Me either, I don’t know.
Let’s the haunt of joy begin!!!!
In this fading summer, the ordinary vivid blue Italian sky has the color of steel today. Blades of grass are drying, wishing drops of rain to fall from above.
And when the grey, grave sky is so tremendously near to the soil, laying like a blanket on my thoughts, I feel my head heavy, and my thoughts get static, motionless.
When we think about grey, we assume it is a non-color, as we tend to relate it to the mixing of black and white. It is hard to define neutral colors, because, like bees in a field of flowers, our attention is naturally caught by shining, bright and pure colors. Dull colors are undoubtedly less captivating and attractive.
The experience I have had so far in studying color theory, besides reading the bestseller “Fifty shades of grey” (which is not exactly about color mixing ?), suggests me that a world of greys exists.
Cool greys, warm greys.
A rational use of grey shades in some parts of a painting helps the viewer’s eye having rest, like taking a break from the surrounding bright colours. If our eyes move rapidly around a colorful image, like the above mentioned bees flying from a magenta rose to a daffodil, and thereafter sucking the nectar from an ultramarine cornflower, they finally need to sit somewhere to avoid a ‘glycemia overflow’. Grey spots are helpful to this purpose.
Old Masters used to start their pieces with a monochrome underpainting, often in grey, the so-called grisaille, in order to concentrate their first approach to the painting on values, rather than on colours. It’s like thinking that the world was created in black and white, and colours arrived a little bit later, as they are less basic but complementary.
That is why I am trying to dedicate some time to the study of shapes and values in simple settings of still lives. Even if my approach to drawing and painting is essentially devoted to figurative painting, I think that still life can teach me a lot in terms of composition, use of colour and self confidence. So, in the next days I will use simple objects to paint some basic studies in a grey scale.
I have mixed three primary colors (in my case Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow) to obtain the darkest grey.
It was not easy. Alizarin Crimson is a very strong pigment and I had to struggle a bit to balance it properly with the blue, and dull it down with yellow without making a brown. But it’s done. Afterwards I’ve created a 5-step value palette…
Ready to go! Who still thinks that grey can’t be interesting?
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