The way of life
I started painting because it was a way for me to accustom myself in my birth country. It was a way for me to create my world because in a way I have left Suriname behind. This was a way for me to mark the Netherlands as my home for a couple of years. I had to make something that is my own. Ever since I was little I have always loved painting but there were never correct resources for me to develop my painting and drawing skills.
There were a couple of classes I could go to but I wasn’t “born” with the skill to paint so people or my peers would demotivate you in a quite early start.
One of the first things that I discovered when coming to The Netherlands, my birth country, was that there were all kinds of opportunities to develop my artistic skills. I quickly participated in singing workshops, filming workshops and began viewing the world from another point of view.The way of life is a painting with different phases in life. I’ll explain this painting the same way how I explain it to people in person.
The big four-leaf flower which is outlined in green stands for growth. In life you will always grow. You will grow out of something or someone you will also grow from something/someone. Growth is not only physically related but also mentally. You can grow your knowledge of something which means that you know more about something then you used to know before. Even if you make a mistake you will grow because you know what you’ve done wrong and you will improve by each step. At the end of the leaves you see that there are also branches that lead to other sections of this painting. It is not really that proportioned but you can see where the other section ends and begins. you see this but the color and the different shapes and patterns.
Although love takes a huge part in our lives I decided to give it a small part in the painting. The reason for this is that I wanted to stress all big parts of life in one painting. All parts that were/maybe still are important to me. I actually have two definitions of this part. These two are:
Growth in love
So, your life is settled. You have a life partner who loves you dearly and without any hassle his or her family members also supports your relationship. You consummate your togetherness and out of that consummation flourishes a bud. Even your surroundings love, care for and cherishes that bud. The bud is symbolized by the black leaves that comes of the hearts.
The love triangle
This part displays a love triangle. You can see that by the heart in the middle and the half hearts next to each side of the heart.
You know the feeling when you fall for someone and that someone already has someone else but you kinda can still feel a connection, blegh (that feeling when cupid gets drunk and shoots three people instead of two).
Good or Bad
Honestly, nobody ever knows when what they are doing is either good or bad. And even though we think that what we are doing is good it might seem bad for others. When I painted this circle and the lines within the circle I never thought that characteristics of a face would come out of it. Moreover and to be honest this face looks kind of mean or evil to me. Now, you know that is my opinion and because of what I said earlier. Your opinion might differ and actually I’d love to know what you think. Just chat me up in the comment box.
I symbolize this face with forces that may go against us in live. Things might not go the way we want to and people might not even like us. Even though we have a very positive attitude in life, let’s be real here, we can’t avoid the negative.
I don’t understand
I used to have a guy in class who never understood a thing people used to say or explain to him. It’s understandable you know, he is a foreigner and lives in a whole different culture than he might be used to.
In life you also have parts where you don’t understand whats happening or even why it is happening, you just know that it is happening and their might be a reason for it. And these things might be negative or positive and sometimes they create such a beautiful moment.
The wild side
We all have something wild inside of us, we might not see or feel it but it’s there. In life we also have a wild side. a side where we completely lose track of time because it’s so fun and wild and aah. That’s what this part stands for. For some it’s necessary being wild as it gives them a taste of the limits and borders of life.
The funny part I love about abstract paintings are that no matter what happens in life you can always add an abstract painting into your life. An abstract painting has a different meaning for everybody and each meaning is unique because it is formed from their own experience.
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