Against the Storm

An intuitively painted picture borne from a very bad mood. I had wetted the paper and smacked on some black ink to see what would happen. I had not the patience to wait for the paint to stop moving but began to make random marks with an upturned metal beaker. The only conscious additions to it are one of the hind legs, the snow and of course the eye.

I like this picture very much. I like its randomness and the way the ram is there although it is not quite right. It leaves a lot for the brain to fill in. It has a force to it that my more conscious drawings lack.

Dem Sturm entgegen
Watercolour, ink and acrylic marker on A4 rough grain watercolour paper

I have made this some weeks back but was not sure if I should put it on my blog. I put it on now because it demonstrates a technique (if such it can be called) that I like very much. Seeing things in random patterns is something I often do, not only in paint but on walls or in the street or in the clouds. Much of my inspiration comes from that.


2 thoughts on “Against the Storm

  1. Nice, Sibylle! If this is what a bad mood can do, the let it loose!

    I see the shoulders of a human as well as an animal with a pointed nose tucked in under his/her chin. I guess that one of the charms of this kind of drawing is that everyone is free to see whatever their associations show them. I am sure that there is some kind of “ism” for this – there usually is.


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