Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I guess Synaesthesia isn't a fiction thing Alicia the prodigy (from Jessica Duchen's Alicia's Gift) possessed. What more, they say Franz Liszt had it too.

Mr. Bean: "Hello, I'm Dr. Bean. Apparently. And my job is to sit and look at paintings. So, what have I learned that I can say about this painting? Well, firstly, it’s quite big, which is excellent. If it were very small, microscopic, then hardly anyone would be able to see it. Which would be a shame. Secondly, and I’m getting quite near the end of this… analysis, secondly, why was it worth this man spending fifty million of your American dollars? And the answer to that is, that it’s a picture of Whistler’s mother. And as I’ve learned, staying with my best friend David Langley and his family, families are very important. Even though Mr. Whistler was obviously aware that his mother was a hideous old bat who looked like she’d had a cactus lodged up her backside, he stuck with her, and even took the time to paint this amazing picture of her. And that’s marvelous. It’s not just a painting. It’s a picture of a mad old cow who he thought the world of. Well that’s what I think."

Now somehow got myself /'stumbled' into the World of Art (Paintings, Yes), I had no choice but to study Mr Wassily Kandinsky, and stare at 'Two Green Points" and extract some theory and philosophy behind it.

Never done this before; I thought I would be studying much of Materials & Architectural Technology (MAT) here.

Instead, it was almost Everything.

Back to Mr Kandinsky:
Russian guy, Impressionist Artist, influenced by Theosophy and Music, most essentially - Synaesthesia. Very Cool.

“warm,” “cheeky and exciting,” “disturbing for people,” “typical earthly color,” “compared with the mood of a person it could have the effect of representing madness in color […] an attack of rage, blind madness, maniacal rage.

loud, sharp trumpets, high fanfares

deep, inner, supernatural, peaceful “Sinking towards black, it has the overtone of a mourning that is not human.” “typical heavenly color”

light blue: flute
darker blue: cello
darkest blue of all: organ

mixture of yellow and blue
stillness, peace, but with hidden strength, passive
“Green is like a fat, very healthy cow lying still and unmoving, only capable of chewing the cud, regarding the world with stupid dull eyes.”

quiet, drawn-out, middle position violin

"It is not a dead silence, but one pregnant with possibilities."

"Harmony of silence", "pause that breaks temporarily the melody"

“Not without possibilities […] like an eternal silence, without future and hope.”
Extinguished, immovable

"final pause, after which any continuation of the melody seems the dawn of another world"

mixture of white and black
“Immovability which is hopeless”


alive, restless, confidently striving towards a goal, glowing, “manly maturity”
Light warm red: strength, energy, joy; vermilion: glowing passion, sure strength
Light cold red: youthful, pure joy, young

"sound of a trumpet, strong, harsh"
Fanfare, Tuba
deep notes on the cello

high, clear violin

mixture of red + black
dull, hard, inhibited

mixture of red + yellow
radiant, healthy, serious

middle range church bell, alto voice, “an alto violin, singing tone, largo”

mixture of red + blue
“morbid, extinguished […] sad”

english horn, shawm, bassoon

Realized I've been tad pickier, fussier nowadays, where and when I can't simply pick something without a little more consideration.

Back to school, new Studio 10, unlimited supply of cardboard for this Primer..

Back to panicking?


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