“Play and Spark” of Modern Painting

“Even before lifting a brush the shape of this canvas excited me emotionally.”

"Untitled"  12"x36" Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” 12″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

V. Vollrath  “Beautiful – like a vortex the eye is pulled into the black almost at the centre.”  

Critique Written by:  P.N.Waters

“It really is very fine… composition (reminiscent of early Mondrian) — of course. Besides that is the really great and I would say INTUITIVE use of color. The play and spark that is so often (almost always) missing from acrylic is here.

I use the word “intuitive” with care. So much painting these days is just PRETENDING to be “deconstructed” or even “abstract”. Most often it is hieroglyphic — symbols that are recognizable to a particular cogniscienti. In fact, that is the antithesis of “Abstraction”, and to be frank it is no more artistic than, say, printing currency.

THAT is why the signature is the most important aspect of most modern painting these days.

Whether it’s Jeff Koons balloon dogs, William Wegman’s real dogs, Damien Hirst’s multicolored spots, Jim Dine’s multicolored hearts, or Robert Motherwell monochromatic splotches — what we are really looking at is different varieties of money.

Your painting, whether a given person “likes” it or not has character and heart; things that only living things have. In fact, I would go so far to say that almost anyone would say they like this — same way they would “like”, say, Beethoven’s Ninth. Inspiring. No special knowledge or initiation required!

That means it’s Art, with a capital “A”. Money can never claim that, whatever the denomination. No matter what the signature on it that makes it a valuable commodity. A skull by Damien Hirst is just as cold and dead as can be, even if it is made out of diamonds.”

©2015 Nicole Rigets

To Paint things Apart

"Untitled"  24"x36" Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” 24″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

In this image I want to mock, or echo, a different order.  As the pieces come apart, they are dismissed, and I digress rapidly into an order that has not been established until now.  In the same way I work when I’m making a film, I edit, and delete sequences.  Many paintings are “lost” during this technique as the more immediate ones emerge to replace them.

Abstract painting is a way of giving meaning to my inward searches.  I’m strongly attached to what I see in nature.  Color, form, line, and texture, are elements I paint to pull apart so as to see them differently.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space of Settlement

I paint directly onto the canvas:  I don’t sketch first. I like to build structure with color.

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“Untitled”  Acrylic on Canvas  22″x28″

I relinquish notions of absolute truth while intentionally working to disrupt the established.  It is through this process, that an adjustment takes place, culminating in an agreement composing differences.

My painting then becomes the act, or process, of settling an inner argument, or disagreement, with my notion of reality as it has been routinely accepted by me. A flux occurs, creating a progressive version of ‘reality’, and a region is newly settled within the confines of the canvas.

A new form of communication and environment crystallizes within an original form of perception and pleasure.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

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Your Annual Report from WordPress.com

Hi nicolerigets,

Remember me? I’m your website.

I miss you, and so do other people. Did you know that 590 people visited me in 2014, even though you didn’t publish anything new? They like what you have to say!

Maybe you should give them more of what they’re enjoying! How about logging in, looking at what was popular last year and writing about something similar

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Following this Message I was offered an opportunity to take a complimentary course in  Blogging 101.

My Annual Report from WordPress reminded me of how much I missed writing Blog posts.  Writing manually, using a fountain pen, I work in my Journal almost daily.  This process is different than Blogging because it’s much slower and more contemplative.  When I’m typing on the computer, or along a ‘vintage’ typewriter, words take action, form and shape, and become more than inner sounds.

“High Frequency”
My life is a deck of cards; I never know what will be dealt out to me next. This factor has influenced my blog, and to describe the blog, I would say it’s a “pastiche” of fifteen years journaling and living everyday as a process in the making of art.  I think of this pastiche as a myriad of movements and impressions affecting the pitch and frequency of my life; turning it up and down without my consent.

I’m a published Photographer, Artist and Designer.  In 2004 I graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver B.C. with a BFA and a Major in Photography.  I live by the sea in West Vancouver.

I’ve just changed the appearance of my Blog, to the ‘Hive” theme, and I’m excited to be learning how to assimilate the features it offers into my upcoming Posts relating to Color & Design, Painting, Writing, Photography, Fashion, Poetry, Collage, and Jewellery as wearable Sculpture.  Thank you WordPress for bringing me into 2015… you are Loved! <3

©2015 Nicole Rigets

The Eagle and the Ego

Today was of the special variety that I experience randomly and want to add more of to my life.  It’s a day when nothing can ruffle me; I sail along with no fears, no worries, no upsets. I didn’t have any concrete plans made in advance so I didn’t have to get snarly when life moved impulsively into my morning.  Instead of writing this post at 2 p.m., as I intended, I got together with a friend who rang just to see if we could meet for coffee in my neighborhood.  Painting the day with flexibility keeps me happy.  There is no need to routinely cross off the must-do’s on the list in any special order. What doesn’t get finished today can be added to tomorrow’s list.  Was I blissful because nothing went sideways throughout the day? Or was it my fresh attitude and faith in life itself that brought unequivocal and dynamic energy into my realm, in perfect synch with others, rewarding me with the wonderful feelings I attracted.

I was careful to watch my thoughts today and keep them supported upward.  Being negative never allows me to fulfill my dreams or handle risk taking.  Rather than resisting intrusions I make the decision to embrace them and redesign the day.  The recapture of energy by not forcing my will on on the clock is abundant.  If, however, I keep repeating I’m too busy and can’t fit anything in, guess what happens:  exactly what I’ve told myself and the world returns what I’ve told it to.  I give the Universe a chance to understand I am communicating to receive positive vibes and outcomes.  It sounds corny yet I was amazed that what I had read about does work perfectly well.

I started off out the door of our building to see my friend Sonny and as I approached the intersection I looked up into the sky to identify a bird flying in slow circles.  Too big to be a crow, I realized it was a baby eagle.   The circles he was making were small, baby circles. Even birds show a respect for the young as they left him alone to practice learning his flight patterns. Adult eagles get verbally blasted and dive-bombed by crows and seagulls in our area but this little guy was left in peace.

I was early to meet Sonny and I remembered a conversation yesterday with one of my very close friends.  They mentioned taking things slow because they did not want to miss a step or mis-step; or worse, make a mis-take as they proceeded along a new path.  I was surprised.  I’m a risk taker so I am impulsive; quite the opposite of this person.  But like the baby eagle, if I think I can fly I will try it.  If I lose a few feathers or make other birds laugh I don’t mind.  I might get a little red in the face but I’m living and alive!!

What if baby birds wouldn’t try to fly because they were afraid of falling or failing.  What if they would only fly if they could form perfect circles.  It’s not in our nature to be perfect; it’s something that is learned and practiced once we leave childhood and compete and work in an ego-based outside world.  A world outside of ourselves where we may have to compensate for shaky self-esteem.  It’s not healthy to thwart ourselves when we can blast off and get to the core of our quest.

I told my friend that holding back didn’t make sense; that it’s ego talking.  Ego that thinks everyone is watching us, waiting for us to make a faux pas, and then ridicule us.  Yet everyone fails their way to success.  Even rocks, as steady as they are, will take a fall at some point in their stony life.  The  last thing we need is to stay in one spot and never move because we’ve let our ego fill our minds with nonsense.

At Art School no one tells you how to do things.  There will be a short talk, and if you’re lucky a demonstration, but no one can do it for you because they don’t have your mind, body , and spirit.  Only you can make the finished work by experimenting.  Marcus Bowcott, my painting teacher says, “You’ve gotta’ break a few eggs to make an omelet!” Go ahead and scramble into something new. Don’t listen to your head, listen to your heart. The heart holds only love:  no fear. Never pull back when the momentum takes you on a roll to a passion for what you were meant to do.

I just tore a week off the calendar and in a sweep of the arm the week was gone.  It woke me up with the thought that every moment must be loved:  have, think, and do only what you love! Be the little eagle who loves to fly.

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets