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1998 · Year 1 · No. 10 · Dec. 11

ISSN 1437-1359

The First Picture

Schaefer · Auburn
Robert Schaefer, New York

 
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Preface

This series is not intended to be a university course. I am not an art scholar - I am just a painter. I'm going to reveal some secrets that I stumbled upon. Of course, you too may discover some of these secrets in books, but they are hard to decipher. It will be my pleasure to do so and spread the word. My motto will be, as always: 

Als ich kan
(from a painting of Jan van Eyck, found as a citation in a modern mathematical book, which means: as good as I can)

Your appreciation gives me the encouragement to continue. It is for you and all the great masters that I do this, and I hope you enjoy the results. Please don't hesitate to send me feedback in order to help me with that goal! This kind of journal is new to the net, so please tell me if the size is OK (eg images are great, but big!). 
 
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Because English is not my home language, I do not always express myself clearly. I hope that you are able to interpret my meaning. Also, I invite you to participate. Send me your articles and comments to be published in this journal. 

Yours truly, 
Signature Dr. Werner Stürenburg, Germany

 
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The First Picture
You know, my native language is German (information, not fishing for compliments). 

  

Re-reading the last issue, I noticed two mistakes. First, having recommended the lessons, I didn't give you the URL of John Hagan's site: http://www.om.com.au/cowdisley/lessons/mainmenu.htm. How come nobody gave notice to me? You read my letters, don't you?

Second, I found the following sentence: "To avoid seduction, and I switched to ball pen."

The "and" obviously doesn't make any sense. It is a typical mistake I experience using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Writing more and more letters since I joined the Internet, I picked up RSI syndrome, which means that my fingers and lower arm muscles hurt. Dictating directly to the PC is a great help, but it has its own caveats, obviously.

 
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Last month, I told you that I was puzzled with the experience of five Madonnas one of which obviously seemed to be superior. I sensed that the painter of that painting invested more that his mastership.

When I asked myself what was important for me, I couldn't find an answer. Another feeling helped me taking the next step. I sat down in front of a mirror and drawed self portrays. When I was pretty good at it, I stopped and started looking some more at pictures of great paintings of all times.

I did that for quite some time. I remember discovering works of Picasso. Somehow it followed his own way. Blue Period, Pink Period, Cubism, Classicism, and so on. Every once in a while I was bewildered, but I kept on trying to learn.

One Sunday afternoon (I will never forget this day), I sat in my easy chair in quite some depressive mood and looked at paintings of Picasso from his time at his castle Vauvenargues in the 60ies.

Unfortunately, I can't show you a sample as I don't have a suitable reproduction in any of my numerous books, and I couldn't find one online either. This period doesn't seem to be very popular.

 
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I tried to figure out why these paintings were great, and it occurred to me that he made the painting I looked at (a portray of Jacqueline) with only three colors: one green, black and one red. Together with the white of the canvas, he had four colors in total.

Furthermore, he obviously didn't spend much time making this painting. He just went along and did it right away. The moment I saw his energy and determination, I got up, went to the cellar, took some colors and started my first painting without knowing what I wanted to do. Now grasp that!

It was only years later that I realized that this was crucial. My poor "I" surrendered and something different took over control. Reread this sentence. This was it! I didn't realize, of course. It took me some more years. Actually, I didn't recover from it yet. I'll tell you more about it later.

After two hours, I went happily upstairs to show this painting to my wife. I was very content for the first time, but I didn't understand what I had painted. She liked it, too, but had some criticism regarding the chin, hence I went back and tried to improve.

Unfortunately, the whole painting lost all its charm. You can't imagine my panic, can you? After two more hours I arrived at some state again which wasn't too bad, so I stopped. It wasn't as good as the first version, but I was happy to have been able to restore it to some acceptable state.

 
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This happened to me some more times, and I didn't learn my lesson. Whenever I changed something later, the painting was lost. Well, I planned to tell you more today, but I can't. I have to move from the factory I had rented for 10 years and this takes some time as I still own most of my paintings.

 
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On this occasion, I saw a number of paintings from that time today, and I was eager to tell you about them, but I have to postpone it to next month. I will tell you more about this painting, too. Can you see what it is all about? I couldn't at the time. It is obvious, but I was blind. Happy holidays!

All the best 'til next time. Yours truly,
Signature Dr. Werner Stürenburg, Germany

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