Akvareli na skeli Time flies slower next to water

Time flies slower next to water
Aquarelle or watercolour, as the word says, is a painting method in which hard pigments, delicately ground, are mixed with water and applied with a soft brush on paper. Watercolour can be painted for a long time, building thin layers, waiting for each layer to dry and controlling each shade transition, thus resulting in a detailed shade. One can use watercolour to paint in one setting, then add water to the paint in order to spread the paint over the paper and play with colour smears. A painter must then embrace random water occurrences, acknowledge and keep the value in those art performances that he cannot completely control. In both cases, for a good watercolour painting, what is crucial is a subtle art sensibility of an artist and time.
Watercolour paintings on a ferry-boat is a one-day art colony organized for the 7th year in a row by the Fine Artists Association of Zaprešić, the Association of Fine Artists of Samobor, and the Samobor Museum on the river banks of the Sava, where disconnected cities are joined by one ferry-boat. Artists meet on the river banks, cross over by a ferry-boat from one side to another, hang out, take pictures, and talk... Some paint a single watercolour painting the whole day, and some, in a form of sketchy drawings or croquis, make a dozen. Artists have time then to relax, let their thoughts wonder, observe, listen, feel nature and people around themselves... Only then can they, by using their paint brushes, have a chance to capture the weight of the air before the rain near the Sava, the sound of water when its current gets caught in a branch, the mood of a person sitting by the river bank throwing pebbles in the water...or for them to dive into themselves as they would into a river. For that chance they take up a brush.

For an art thought or expression it is necessary to emerge from the exuberance of everyday life, reach the sand bank where water flows more slowly, so that we can finally have time for ourselves, for art, and for art's sake. At least it is like that at the colony of the Watercolour paintings on a ferry-boat.

Hana Lukas Midžić


 

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