There is nourishment for the body and nourishment for the soul, and as an artist it is important to feed our creativity. This can come in the form of a visit to an exhibition, a walk in the countryside, great conversation with friends, and inspiring articles . I was recently lucky enough to visit an exhibition of the work of Kaffe Fassett at Mottisfont.
I was quite unprepared for how amazing this would be! Each room of the exhibition spaces had been painted a different, specific colour, at Kaffe’s direction, so for example the red, orange and pink quilts and embroideries were hung on a shocking pink wall. We started off in the soft blues and greys room and gradually the colours became more vivid and more exciting until by the pink room I was literally bubbling over inside, just so excited by the colour!
I soon realised that my excitement was not universal: overhearing a conversation between the stewards, one complained she couldn’t stand it anymore and hated all the red and pink. On chatting to the other steward, he too complained and said he would have preferred a plain, neutral wall. I felt I had to express my excitement and how I thought Kaffe’s choice of colour went so well with all his creations. Each to his/her own!
Coming home I was still so excited by the vibrant colour that I painted 2 Fauvist style pieces celebrating autumn colour in all its vividness. Probably a bit too much in your face, but sometimes you just have to go for it!