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