To experiment with our first piece I decided to focus on edge and proportion using the concept of colour as a main subject and to reduce the shapes into softened geometrical forms. Klee was an expert at colour proportion to evoke an emotional response or mood in his work and this can be a fun concept to try just on its own with simple shapes to learn about colour and expression.
I like the edge development best in the smallest block in the left corner which reminds me of the treatment in Klee's Coming to Bloom 1914 where each colour has been filled in with soft edges onto a dark background giving the effect of a a chalk scribble that appears to be floating. I will use this again. I also like his muted oranges against the compliment of blue purple better than the bright orange against the purple.The photo here does makes it worse
The two posters on my wall at art school were Klee's " Fish Magic" with all the coloured shapes emerging from darkness and a bright Kandinsky abstract landscape, so free form in line and colour. I think the idea of colour as subject and symbols as abstraction were two eye opening concepts for me which I vividly remember blowing my mind. It will be nice to revisit the different artistic movements during our new series. We should be glad to never have had to live through someone like Hitler placing controls on our lives and creativity and having our work destroyed like these artists did.We surly can be very thankful for that.
Coming to Bloom
Paul Klee 1914