Water is a Color 

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

-Quote Lao Zi 

"Water has no bones"

-Quote Stevens Vaughn

 

Water is a color

 

During my 9 years studying in Japan, I listened my senseis talk about the philosophy of the painting philosophy. We studied the 70ties Gutai movement of cultural rebellion and surrealism in Japan and the 12th century Chinese art movement ”Yi pin” which talks about the concept of ”playfulness” as the most important element in art. The Asian philosophy, the direction and 顺序(order of things) is dimensionally ample, So is the weighting of color, medium, perception and foremost, water. In these times I discovered that the color of the paintings is water, we are adding water with color. The struggle, the artist's struggle is with the water, water is the most powerful color because water can become sunlight, water can become clouds. The amount of pigment in the water determines what you are painting - and how. Looking at the ancient Chinese paintings, the calligraphy, the early 19 century Japanese paintings, are paintings in black and white that express all the emotions that other people use colours to do.

 

When I painted in Japan I learned to shade with water with the glasses for the ceramics.

 

Once i was with the graduation students, we were sitting outside at Painting, when it started to rain. The students got ready to pack their drawings and move inside, I told them to stop, this was the perfect situation to learn with the water, painting with the rain not against the rain.

 

 

 

Stevens ”Water is a Color” has been exhibited at various venues in China, Europe and South America. Permanent pieces from his performative paintings remains at display in MAAM museum in Rome, Ke art museum Shanghai and Escuela de Bella Artes in Argentina.

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