While visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, we came across a painting called Magic Garden by Paul Klee. An intern there shared quite a bit of information with us about this painting. Known to experiment, with paintings on cardboard, Klee “thought outside the box” with the Magic Garden by applying plaster onto a wire mesh, adding layers of color and etching out his drawings. He used childlike images that appear to be a fountain/goblet, plant forms, a child, a building and more.
His painting helped me to look at some of my own beginning drawings/symbols such as a sun, cloud, bird, grass, flowers, etc. In “Paintbrush Impressions”, I painted colored forms like the plants, grass, sky sun and girl, very quickly and loosely, returning to it a few days later to add colored lines for texture and to add more depth to the colored shapes. The young girl appears to be an imp developed from a paintbrush wildflower with only the traces of the petals left in her hair.
Klee stretched from the “normal” considerations of art. I like that! I also admire his playfulness with a variety of materials, that all ready bring many ideas to mind! Often it “does a person good” to step out of traditional paths to gain new insights and a fresh perspective. I’m so grateful Peggy Guggenheim supported artists of her day, and we can enjoy her collection now!
“Paintbrush Impressions” is now at ArtWorks Gallery in Iron Mountain, MI. Stop by when you get the chance!