About the artist:

Gabriele van de Flierdt, a passionate abstract artist living just outside Munich. As an artist she loves "GOING WITH THE FLOW".
Which allows her to relinquish control and allow the artwork to evolve naturally. Instead of imposing her will on the canvas, she invites the artwork to take on a life of its own.
Gabriele's signature style includes the use of bold brushstrokes and generous amounts of water to create her works. Inspired by the fluidity of water, the vastness of the sky and the ever-changing shapes of clouds, her work captures the essence of these elements in mesmerising abstract compositions.


About the art:

As an artist I love GOING WITH THE FLOW. Going with the flow creates a sense of freedom and spontaneity in abstract painting that is stimulating both for you as a viewer and for me as an artist. For me, the concept of GOING WITH THE FLOW means relinquishing control over the outcome of the artwork and allowing the creative process to unfold naturally.

GOING WITH THE FLOW can also create a sense of connection and unity between myself and the artwork. By relinquishing control and allowing the artwork to take on a life of its own, I am essentially working with the colours, water and creative process rather than imposing my own will on it.

This can create a sense of harmony and balance within the artwork, as if it were a natural extension of my own energy and spirit. Ultimately, GOING WITH THE FLOW in abstract painting can create a sense of joy and playfulness that infects the viewer. By engaging with the present moment and allowing the creative process to unfold without preconceived notions or judgements, I invite the viewer to do the same. The result can be a composition that feels dynamic and alive, with a sense of movement and energy that is contagious to all who experience it. 

Preferred inspirations:
Using air, sky, clouds and especially water as inspiration for my art evokes a range of emotions and sensations depending on my approach as an artist and the specific qualities of the water, the air, the sky...... that I allow to emerge.

Water can convey a sense of calm and tranquillity, as seen in the works of artists such as Claude Monet, who often depicted the gentle lapping and reflections of water in his impressionist paintings. The soft, flowing movements of water can convey a sense of calm and serenity, and the colours and textures of water can be used to create a harmonious and soothing composition.
On the other hand, water can also convey a sense of turbulence and chaos, as seen in the works of artists such as J.M.W. Turner, who captured the dramatic and tumultuous movements of waves and storms. In these paintings, the colours and brushstrokes are stronger and more energetic, creating a sense of tension and urgency in the composition.
Water can also evoke a sense of depth and mystery, as seen in the works of abstract artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, who used water as a metaphor for the subconscious and the unknown. In her paintings, layers of colour and textures build on each other to create a sense of depth and complexity that alludes to the vast and mysterious depths of the ocean.

Overall, the use of water as inspiration for abstract painting can evoke a range of emotions and sensations, from peaceful and serene to dynamic and energetic. Through the use of colour, texture and composition, I am able to capture the flow and movement of water, creating a sense of depth and mystery that invites the viewer to explore and reflect.
My fascination with water also stems from the fact that, among other things, floating in water has always been a liberating and peaceful experience for me.
When your body relaxes and the water supports your weight, there is a feeling of weightlessness and freedom that can be very liberating. The feeling of the water on your skin can be cool and soothing and give a sense of calm and serenity.
The feeling of being surrounded by water can also create a sense of connection with the environment as the body becomes part of the water and the natural world. This can create a sense of oneness with nature as water becomes a source of energy and renewal.

"Water is the driving force of all nature". - Leonardo da Vinci

How I paint:

I like to go to the studio early in the morning, with a cup of tea or an espresso, consider myself lucky and start....For me, painting abstract pictures with acrylics, pastels and lots of water and big brushes is a liberating and exciting process that allows the spontaneous and free-flowing movement of colour.

I set out a large canvas, acrylic paints, a number of large brushes and lots of water. I start by choosing a colour palette that inspires me.
I apply a layer of paint with lots of water to the canvas and paint, spreading paint and water with my large brushes, using broad sweeping strokes to create the initial composition.
As I paint, I add more and more water to the surface of the canvas. This allows the paint to move and flow freely and unexpectedly, creating interesting textures and patterns.
Once I am happy with the composition/first layer, I let the painting dry completely. Then I go back and repeat the first process, adding more layers and details depending on how I feel.
I really enjoy this process and love the joy and playfulness I feel when painting and creating.

I love to listen to music while painting, preferably uplifting & ethereal.
With music, I dive right into a carefree state of mind where I fully engage in the creative process. In this state of mindfulness, worries and distractions fade away, allowing me to focus entirely on the act of painting and experience a deep sense of freedom.
*music playlist coming soon
Music and art flow into each other
I hope you will love my paintings and they will make you as happy as they make me,
Yours, Gabriele

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