January’s artist over on Patreon was Hilma af Klint. She’s pretty fascinating and it’s been a lot of fun to study her. One of my favorite things to do is a little family tree for the artist. Not much is known about Hilma’s family except that she had a younger sister, Hermina, who died of the flu at age 10. This death greatly impacted Hilma and led to her interest in spiritualism.
Another little interesting fact about Hilma’s childhood is that she grew up at Karlberg Palace which is the naval academy where her father, a Swedish naval commander, was based.
As much as I love Hilma’s work, I really struggled this month to create my own pieces inspired by her. I find it easier to take representational images and change or abstract them. I find it much more difficult to do something inspired by the already abstract. It has been a frustrating month for me.
I did make this one combining Hilma’s circle motif and rainbow colors with some images related to the super blood moon. And then of course I worked on a couple of portraits this month.
I’ll be studying another abstract artist in February so it’s time to come up with strategies for creating my own work inspired by them. As I figure that out, I may go back and do a few more inspired by Hilma.
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