Dr Stefanie Schulte
Placing shades of colour
on top of each other
is something that doesn't stop fascinating me.
When I paint, I am a child
playing with coloured blocks.
I build something
by stacking up colourfields,
it is a construction in 2 dimensions.
My coloured sketches
almost develop by themselves
while I work on something else.
There are moments
when I have a colour on my brush
that "switches something on" in me.
I feel I have to use it somewhere.
The sketches are waiting there, patiently,
lined up on a board,
and when I approach them
with that particular shade of colour,
it is mostly intuition that tells me where to place it.
Many viewers try to "understand"
A painting cannot be understood
Just let the colours talk to you—
and LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES!
03- October 2020
At the School of Art in Madrid,
one of the Professors said to me
"Haces y deshaces"—
"You do and undo".
I was quite shocked
and from then onwards I felt
as if this was a fault in my process of work— until I saw photographs of Sean Scully working in his studio.
I have always admired his paintings
but so far had not seen the creative process behind them.
It was quite a revelation:
In the photographs you could see
how his colour fields open and close,
how they get covered by different shades, how they keep moving and rearranging,
like a sliding puzzle.
From that moment on, I realised
that it is not a crime to "do and undo",
but on the contrary,
that I am free to do and undo
as often as I like.
Doing and undoing
creates the degree of freedom
necessary to advance a work of art.
There is nothing bad about it.
Sometimes it can take a while
to overcome the effects
of the wrong message.
7 September 2020
It is fascinating to observe
how some shades of colour collaborate with each other.
They don't need more
than their own interaction.
They don't really need us—
just let them play with each other.
Some of them get on
like a house on fire—
is there a chemistry between them?
There is a very fine line
between too little and too much,
between boring and over the top.
I am trying to hit that thin line
and find the right balance
in which a painting is
to be interesting,
to keep the viewer busy and exploring,
but simple enough to
pass on a clear visual message.
12- October 2020
there are colours
and there is blue.
Blue holds a special position.
The sky is blue.
The oceans are blue.
60% of our body is water.
We are on a blue planet.
I believe that our souls
are linked to the colour blue.
Sometimes we "feel blue".
similar to what we can experience observing the infinity of the ocean.
What is the difference
between art and craft,
and a piece of decoration?
Art is an ongoing discussion
between the artist
and the canvas,
in which the artists tries to find
a way to express a visual message
that comes from within,
that cannot be expressed with words,
a blurry vision of something
that will come into focus
on the canvas.
is like a filmstill,
it is one isolated snapshot
of this ongoing discussion.
In my opinion, an artwork has to speak for itself,
if it needs to be explained, it has failed.
On this page you can find some of my thoughts on art and the creative process,
without trying to "explain" my work.
Last time I listened to
Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major,
it was an eye- (or ear) opening revelation.
this is exactly what I am looking for
on the canvas:
the harmonies and dissonances
in a way that is simple at first sight
yet sufficiently complicated
to be intriguing.
14 September 2020
I have a blurry vision in mind
of what I want to find
on the canvas.
It is something that lies in between visual elements and emotions—
something that cannot be expressed in words—
therefor I try express it in colours.
I know I will find it,
as long as I continue painting,
it is there—
between the colours and the canvases.
The way towards the finding will be the adventure.
If I knew exactly in advance
what this aesthetic feeling should look like,
I would only be repeating myself during my whole life and it would be boring.