Meet your inner Valentine - wellbeing mini retreat in February
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Wassily Kandinsky and the power of colours

"Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to arouse vibrations in the soul." - Wassily Kandinsky



It's a grey winter day here and the only stains of colour in the garden are the occasional green (thanks God for the camellia plant with its healthy leaves and flower buds thriving in this cold environment) and the touches of red  ... robins are such pretty and happy birds. 


I have just finished reading a charming book about Kandinsky, about his life, about his paintings .... allowing me to take a glimpse into his life, environment, beliefs. 



I'm looking again outside the window and suddenly I see the colours behind the grey, the energy of the leaves, the aura that surrounds the birds, the trees. ... everything pulsates with colour ... we see what we want to see don't we!?


There is no surprise now for me to see the way Kandinsky was using his bright colours so much...he was painting the energy surrounding objects, people, places ..... .. for a while he devoted himself to the writings of Rudolf Steiner and madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society. He was also very interested in contemporary music and theatre and researched extensively the connection between music and art. 


Religion, the occult were not just peripheral interests for him but his firm ground, the "place" he was dipping his brushes into and creating works that he saw as a "sweeping remedy for the sick times he lived in, not just as autonomous creations of the spirit". 

One last thing .. he appreciated the work of Matisse for its colours and Picasso for its forms.

 No wonder I feel so close to him and his paintings. 




Robyn Daniels

Just as all writers must read the works of others (and sometimes emulate them) so it is that artists must familiarise themselves with and appreciate the works of other great artists. Notwithstanding the joy of seeing the works they produce, it is always interesting to read about the artists' (and 'writers') lives and environs to know what influences their work. I also like to visit their houses whenever I can (Shaw's in Hertford and Dublin) and Victor Hugo's in Paris - one gains so much more perspective on their work this way. Glad you are continuing to enjoy your art books/education Corina.

PS - and yes we robins are cheerful and happy little birds xx (robyn is Welsh spelling of robin - to give them their full title we call them robyn frongoch - robin redbreast) xx


I agree with you my lovely Robyn! I've always been fascinated by the artist's lives and not only their paintings, sculptures. When one understands the historical background as well things start to make sense even more. I remember visiting Turgheniev's memorial house in Russia and for a few moments I felt part of his books ...And i think that you definitely have robin's beautiful personality! :)


I hope you might like it COrina... So good t see you fighting with your brushes and books xx


Loved the link Simona! Super! Thanks a lot!


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