Aili Kur­tis

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My In­spi­ra­tion

As an artist I am never bored. I look around in awe of the world that sur­rounds me and see pat­terns and rhythms every­where. Beyond the world of ap­pear­ance, I sense a vi­bra­tional force that can only be de­scribed as the “vi­tal im­pe­tus” of na­ture. My in­spi­ra­tion comes from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this life force both con­sciously and in­tu­itively. It is in this state of aware­ness that I be­gin to paint and strive to por­tray the un­der­ly­ing vi­bra­tions of na­ture.

My De­sign Strat­egy

To de­pict this vi­bra­tional en­ergy, I chose to de­sign my paint­ing as a ba­sic cir­cle po­si­tioned just off cen­ter in the lower quad­rant of the can­vas to sug­gest a ris­ing or set­ting sun. Af­ter cre­at­ing an ef­fect of light ra­di­at­ing from a cen­tral source (the sun), I care­fully po­si­tioned straight ver­ti­cal lines (tree trunks) and arcs (branches) to con­trast with the cir­cle. The light lo­cated in the cen­ter of the cir­cle pro­gres­sively changed to dark­ness; warm colours in­side the cir­cle evolved into cool colours. By ap­ply­ing paint in mul­ti­ple dabs and dots of vary­ing sizes, I en­hanced the feel­ing of ra­di­at­ing units of en­ergy that flowed in both a cir­cu­lar mo­tion as well burst­ing out­wards.

My Work­ing Process

Be­fore I started paint­ing I made a thumb­nail sketch of the com­po­si­tion, which I taped to my easel so that I could re­mind my­self of the orig­i­nal de­sign. I felt it was im­por­tant to paint this im­age large enough to make a pow­er­ful im­pact and chose a 40-by-40inch can­vas. I used acrylic paints be­cause they dry very quickly and let me cre­ate sub­tleties by multi-lay­er­ing. Af­ter stain­ing the can­vas yel­low, I blocked in the paint­ing with shades of Payne’s grey. Once the “no­tan” com­po­si­tion had landed into place, I dot­ted in colours pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to com­ple­men­tary col­ors. I re­peat­edly toned down and ho­mog­e­nized all the col­ors by ap­ply­ing yel­low glazes over the whole can­vas. Af­ter­wards I strength­ened the darks and bright­ened some col­ors un­til the im­age “popped.”

Con­tact De­tails

Email: ai­likur­[email protected]­ Web­site: ai­likur­tis.fin­eart­stu­dioon­

On­tario, Canada, Vi­bra­tions, acrylic, 40 x 40" (102 x 102 cm)

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