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As much time in my studio is spent on thinking about and looking at art as there is on painting. Here I'll write about some of the things that pass my mind during those hours, or the inspiration that makes me grab the brush .

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum © Marina Broere, 2009 oil/alkyd/cold wax/linen, 24x48"

Another one of my new paintings, one that ended up completely different as what I started with. What I always call, let the painting paint itself. I started this painting with an idea about color, I just had purchased a new beautiful violet from Gamblin and I envisioned using it with creamy whites, some green and deep brown. Gradually the white disappeared, as did the greens and memories of the old church next to the Center of Art i Natura in Spain started creeping in and taking shape.
Suddenly the painting became an intimate dark space with shapes that hint at a window, an old staircase, a holy water basin. The church in question is tremendously old, with just a dirt floor, very small and extremely simple and entering it gave me a mysterious feeling about centuries old rituals and worship taking place on that same spot where I now entered with my 21st century links to the world. Of course this feeling was not new to me, having lived i Europe for most part of my life I'm used to old buildings, cities etc., but having spent the last decade in the USA it made me look at all that richness with different eyes and appreciate it even more.

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