An online exhibition of Rani B. Knobel’s latest pieces.
Each year on an August weekend, artists in our neighbourhood open their studios and show their artwork. This year, in addition to some large paintings which I created in the last few months, I wanted to show a number of small formats.
These small paintings reflect the pure joy of painting, of flowing along in the creative process. I usually start by cutting a large sheet of handmade paper into small pieces, preferably a sheet on which I had already started to paint, but which had somehow never became a ‘real painting’.
Each of these small pictures is a work of art in itself. At the same time they form a whole series as they are often created in parallel. They lie next to each other on the work table; I look at them again and again, take them into my hands, several layers of acrylic and ink overlay other colours, a stream of creativity pours over and onto the paper. Brushes dance, colours sing… And again and again the question comes, “Is it finished? Is there a resonance in my heart when I look at this painting?” This is how these small formats grow; I trust in the inexhaustible power of creativity – the more you drink from this source, the stronger it bubbles!
‘Small Size – Big Beauty’ is the title of this online exhibition. They are small indeed: approx. 12cm x 7cm (less than 5” x 3”). They can be mounted with a passe-partout and framed like a ‘real work of art’ – ideal for those who have limited space on their walls. Of course they can also be hung as a series…
For me these small formats offer great lightness. You don’t have to worry about spoiling it; it’s so small that you don’t have to invest a lot of time, material, energy. It’s quick, easy and simply a pleasure. You can surprise yourself, always trying out something new, or you can even paint a small series of similar motifs.
For a few weeks now, I’ve been sharing one of these images every day on Facebook, and I’ve seen that they touch other people too. Sharing this beauty makes me happy!
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