a certain blue enters my soul
41,5 x 41,5 cm
A certain blue entered my soul....
At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak here in Holland (March 20202) I was paralysed. Well, sort of. Couldn't do anything, watched people with masks on walking outside, not very many people walking outside. Watched people in hospitals on TV, didn't want to watch TV anymore, didn't dare to go outside, well everything was closed anyhow, the world was upside down and so were my family, friends and myself. I caged myself as if I was in quarantine. I even was afraid to go to my studio, felt blocked. Finally went there but didn't paint, just looked through the window outside. Everything there looked so beautiful, but outside did not know anything about the invisible enemy that was all around. And then I read what Raoul Dufy said: 'Blue is the only colour which maintains its own character in all its tones; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red, when darkened, becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another colour, pink.' Finally, the match between feeling and colour ended in a whole series of blue paintings. A certain blue entered my soul.