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Wassily Kandinsky & Tips on Understanding Color & Passion in Art

Updated on June 16, 2014

Wassily Kandinsky and Me|Goddess Art| Beautiful Women Artwork|Tips on Understanding Color in Art|Passion in Art

Abstract art, goddess art, beautiful women on canvas or a painting from the soul distorted to bring forth an image within the mind. Whenever you feel affected by the work of another artist, find out more about them! I paint goddess art and beautiful women art, works filled with passion and dreams I find within a fairies realm laced with tiny angels. Yet I try to look outside myself to find what others have to tell me, that might bring me closer to who I really am within the framework of artistic endeavors and the magical brush strokes I seek. We are fortunate in this life to come across the paths of brilliant artists who express emotions that we find our own selves relating to, one way or another. Kandinsky is one of those artists for me.

For most of my life I did not understand nor appreciate abstract art at all... until I started painting it! lol! I paint only hints of it, still reaching for that endless goal of hearing figurative goddesses sing and breathe.

Knowing more about artists who have seemingly found their expressions met I see there is so much more to discover, so I invite those tiny angels to help me light the pathway and bring me to a the sense of color Kandinsky wrote about.

I switch back and forth between freedom of thinking in art, no rules except that I spread my emotions across the canvas and finding only rules that strip my being from ever feeling fulfilled. It is not that easy at times. I think one has to be totally honest with who they are and who they hope to be. It is digging down inside your gut.. as nasty as that sounds. When we write poetry or anything else the purpose of the act is to express what we feel about something. It is the same with painting and sculpting. I tend to cross back and forth from realism to abstract and maybe some modern thinking. Modern to me anyway as I continue my search like Kandinsky. As I take in the work of Kandinsky I look with a longing to understand his emotions and his passion. To me, that is what abstract art is all about.

THE IMAGE Giallo, Rosso, Blu by Wassily Kandinsky

The image is very characteristic of his style, when you see a Kandinsky you know it right off. That is what all artists hope to find, a style of theo own that is unique to them.

Birth name Wassily Kandinsky

Born December 16, 1866

Moscow

Died December 13, 1944

Neuilly-sur-Seine

Nationality Russian

Field Painting

Training Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

Movement Expressionism; abstract art

Famous works On White II, Der Blaue Reiter

Abstract Art vrs Realism

Which is best? Abstract or Realism?

Abstract

Abstract

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    • YsisHb 5 years ago

      Both. However if I were an artist I would love to do abstract paintings. It seems to me that through it I would express myself in a more direct way.

      Many thanks for blessing my lens on greek coffee and congratulations for all this work you have done.

    • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      realism is much better but abstract art makes you think what it is so this is the best.

    • Padaneis 6 years ago

      Both, but slightly inclined towards abstract :-)

    • John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I like both but abstract tips the balance. Like you I did not fully understand or appreciate abstract art until I started to paint it. Now I guess you could say I have a semi-abstract style verging on impressionism. But what are labels except attempts to limit us?

    • kathysart 9 years ago

      I say BOTH... yet I am gonna pick abstract for the sake of this lens.. cause it is all about abstract and that form of expression.

    Realism

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      • TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

        I tend to prefer realism, but abstract art can be very thought provoking

      • Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

        I prefer realism but appreciate some abstract. The question is something like asking which is better, chocolate or straberry...everybody gets to pick their own flavor.

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      as you enjoy this lens.

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      FIONA APPLE LYRICS

      "Across The Universe"

      [Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney]

      [Originally performed by The Beatles in the album "Let It Be"]

      Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,

      They slither while they pass they slip away across the universe

      Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,

      Possessing and caressing me

      Jai guru de va om

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,

      They call me on and on across the universe,

      Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they

      Tumble blindly as they make their way

      Across the universe

      Jai guru deva om

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Sounds of laughter, shades of earth are ringing

      Through my open ears inciting and inviting me

      Limitless undying love which shines around me like a

      million suns and calls me on and on

      Across the universe

      Jai guru deva om

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Nothing's gonna change my world

      Jai guru deva [Repeat to fade]

      Kandinsky Quotes- Tips on Color and art

      "Objects damage pictures."

      "The more frightening the world becomes ... the more art becomes abstract."

      "Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically."

      "There is only one road to follow, that of analysis of the basic elements in order to arrive ultimately at an adequate graphic expression."

      "Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential."

      "All methods are sacred if they are internally necessary. All methods are sins if they are not justified by internal necessity."

      "Each period of a civilization creates an art that is specific in it and which we will never see reborn. To try to revive the principles of art of past centuries can lead only to the production of stillborn works."

      "The true work of art is born from the 'artist': a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being."

      "The artist is not a 'Sunday child' for whom everything immediately succeeds. He does not have the right to live without duty. The task that is assigned to him is painful, it is a heavy cross for him to bear."

      Wassily Kandinsky

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      In Search of Goddess Art

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      There are many forms of goddess, abstractly it is felt in color... it is also felt in dance.

      Fiona Apple

      Wassily Kandinsky - A Color Fanatic

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      The image is of Kandinsky's painting "Anticipating the Future"

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      Art Helps ~ How to Move Sadness and Sorrow Aside and Fly

      by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      Twisted by the pawn

      inside

      leaving wrong or right

      behind

      everything meets pain

      eventually.

      Hearts moan

      as we die to the old things

      yet flowers grow despite ourselves.

      And in that space

      that grave

      we find

      new life.

      We all wait

      for something

      anything

      to connect us to living

      and mercy

      from our own

      well proportioned stings.

      Move the silence aside

      the wind will be still

      if you stop listening for it.

      And yes

      you can smell vacancy

      in the middle of sadness

      despite yourself.

      Close all your doors

      hide inside

      go ahead

      try.

      Write your feelings

      on scraps of paper

      wipe your eyes

      then toss them away.

      Tears in the shadows

      leading

      to an unconnected soul.

      Sometimes

      it takes years

      to build up such secrets

      and dreams

      from behind

      our own walls.

      Secrets intact

      if you never speak out loud.

      You can magnify your escape

      from what you think is unbearable.

      Still

      at some point

      they will follow you.

      Made to last

      the rhythm of a scream

      take a deep breath

      to meet your own

      intrigue.

      Its never all that far away

      close your eyes

      accept it

      the protest

      inside of you.

      Ohh such gloom

      and a hole in the phrases

      you use.

      Sounds can deliver conclusions

      and become extravagant rumors

      that even you

      will believe about yourself

      if you don't soften

      your own fall.

      Magic calls on all of us

      and yet

      depending on its delivery

      some only understand regret

      and then again

      some decide

      to hear it

      from miles

      away.

      Measure those stars

      they are right in front of you.

      ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...

      My newest website: http://www.kathyostman-magnusen.com

      The image is of my sculpure "Bleeding Wings 5"

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      Wassily Kandinsky Created Mystical Art

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      The image is a painting by Wassily Kandinsky, "Around the Circle"

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      The Fugue and Color in Art

      The Fugue - Wassily Kandinsky

      "The sound of colours is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes or dark lake with treble. Generally speaking, colour directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul."

      Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

      "The Fugue" by Kandinsky

      "The Fugue" by Kandinsky
      "The Fugue" by Kandinsky

      Russian Ballet: "Dance of the Snowflakes" Mariinsky Theatre

      How to Be a Goddess of Art - Tip One - Engross Yourself in Quotes by Kandinsky

      by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      How do you find the goddess of art, the scorpion drawing that defies the critics, ward of the grim reaper that tells you that you are not good enough and you will never be a good artist? How do you paint something great, so that when people walk into the room and see it, they are not sure if they 'get it' , but they cannot stop looking at it. How do you bring your soul to the canvas, clay, metal sculpture, etched glass, even a scrapbook? How do you define yourself as a good abstract painter, or within the realm of realism, impressionism,modern art, portrait or figurative art?

      How do you make great art?

      One thing to help you reach the level you desire is to engross yourself in it. When you breathe, know that it is not possible to think of anything else, but your goal in achieving great art and bathing in the passion you know is in your being. Another is to DEFINE YOURSELF within that world you long for. Read all you can of the words of great artists who came before you or ones you admire.

      Wassily Kandinsky had some enlightening things to say:

      "Every artist, as creator, must learn to express what is personally characteristic."

      "Every artist, as a child of his era, must express what is characteristic of this age."

      "Every artist, as servant of the art, must express that which is characteristic of art generally.

      -- Wassily Kandinsky in his "About the Spiritual in Art and Especially in Painting".

      Breathe these words in, define yourself, seek out what you know is there for you, grab on to those grim reaper drawings, pictures of cats kittens, whimsical angels, whatever it is you love and then create!

      ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      I paint and sculpt female fantasy art and map fairy tale adventures. I dream of beautiful women on canvas and art of exotic women.

      I have illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS, taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.

      Giclee canvas art work, greeting cards and posters are available for sale on my website:

      http://www.kathysart.com

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      I am Represented by:

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      Golden Ring of Russia - Travel Guide PART ONE - by Stan Trof

      WHAT IS IT: The so called "Golden Ring of Russia" is a symbolical ring connecting historical towns and cities to the North-West of Moscow. They represent 1,000 years of rich Russian history written in stone and wood, from a 850-year old church in Rostov to a 19th-century log house in the Suzdal's open air museum. Each of the "golden" towns once played an important role in the history of Russia and was connected in one way or another with famous historical figures such as Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and many others.

      WHAT TO SEE: The cities and towns of the Golden Ring are listed here in alphabetical order:

      Aleksandrov (founded in 1530, population 68,000) - The town is situated 100 km from Moscow on the crossway of ancient roads from the largest historic centers of Russia - Vladimir and Suzdal, Rostov and Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad and Pereyaslavl-Zalessky. In 1564- 1581 the town was the residence of Ivan the Terrible. The very first in Russia publishing house was established in Aleksandrov in 1576. One of the leading textile manufacturing centres in Russia in the 19th century.

      Bogolubovo (founded in 990, population 4,000) - a tiny quiet town near the city of Vladimir. The town was named after the Russian prince Andrey Bogolubsky (God-loving) who built the first fortified settlement here in 1165. Tourists can see remains of the Andery Bogolubsky's residence including some residential chambers of the 12th century and the beautiful Church of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Nerl (1165) which is considered to be one of the finest specimens of old Russian architecture.

      Gorohovets (founded in 1239, population 30,000) - The town was founded under Vladimir prince Andrey Bogolubsky. The town is picturesquely settled on the high bank of the Klyazma River. Played role as a fortified forepost until 1600-s. Reached its developmental pick in the 17-th century as a local centre for blacksmithing, textile-making and making of leather and also as an agricultural trade centre for grains and flax.

      Gus-Khrustalny (founded in 1756, population 80,000) - Over 200 years ago a merchant built here the first workshop of glass casting. Today the town is one of the district centers of Vladimir region, well-known in Russia and abroad as the national center of glassmaking. The name Gus-Krustalny can be literally translated as Chrystalline Goose. The old part of the town is a workmen's settlement of 1900-s. with its own Church of St. Joachim of 1816.

      Kholuy (founded 1650, population 1,000) - The village of Kholui did not begin producing lacquered miniatures until the 1930s, and though iconography had been an important trade in the region in previous centuries, Kholui was never bound to any particular artistic tradition. Rather, Kholui miniatures share some traits with both Palekh and Mstera art, yet maintain a distinctive lyrical quality of their own. Sometimes, as with Palekh miniatures, Kholui miniatures will include some fine gold and/or silver ornamentation within the painting, and Kholui artists can create fantastic border ornaments on par with those of Palekh.

      Kostroma (founded in 1213, population 300,000) - In the past Kostroma was known as "the flax capital of the north"; it supplied Europe with the world's finest sail-cloth. The city has been also called as the "cradle of the Romanov dynasty". Mikhail Romanov, the first of the Romanov dynasty, left the Ipatievsky Monastery for Moscow in 1613 to become tsar of Russia. During the Polish intervention in the turbulent years of the early seventeenth century Kostroma was a significant stronghold for the resistance movement. Nowadays Kostroma is an important industrial center (textile, metal works), a capital city of the Kostroma province.

      Mstera (founded in 1628, population 6,000) - the town takes its name from the little Msterka River, which flows through it merging with the Kliyazma. It is in Vladimir Region, but not far from the border with Ivanovo Region, south of Palekh and Kholui, in breathtakingly beautiful countryside - the one that forms the backdrop to its paintings. Mstera was a respected center of icon production until the trade was banned after the Revolution of 1917. Since then its artists has been creating world-famous masterpieces in the form of lacquered miniatures.

      Murom (founded 862, population 145,000) - one of the oldest Russian cites stretched along the left bank of the Oka river. The town's name originates from "muroma", one of the Finno-Ugric tribes lived here 15 centuries ago. Every Russian knows the name Ilya Muromets. He was a mythical epic hero defending people of Russia and later became a synonym of superior physical and spiritual power and integrity, dedicated to the protection of the Homeland. The town survived three Mongol invasions. In the 17th century Murom became an important centre of various crafts - building, painting, sawing.

      Palekh (founded 1600, population 6,000) - the village is situated about 400km (250 miles) from Moscow in the Ivanovo region. In the 15th century it was one of the first centers of icon drawing trade. After the 1917 communist coup, when the icon business went down, Palekh masters tried to decorate wooden toys, dishes, porcelain and glass. These days the name of Palekh is nearly synonymous with the art of Russian lacquer.

      Pereslavl-Zalesskiy (founded in 1152, population 45,000) - one of the oldest Russian towns, the birthplace of the famous Russian prince Alexander Nevsky, who defeated an army of German knights in 1242. Zalessky means "behind the woods". That is where, behind the dense forests, ancient Slavic tribes retreated seeking refuge from hostile nomads coming from the South-East.

      Ples (founded in 1410, population 4,000) - this quet little historical town is located on the bank of the mighty and beautiful Volga river. During the reign of Ivan the Terrible Ples was one of the largest river firsh suppliers to the kings' court. In the 18-19th centuries the town became known as a popular resort and was often called "Russian Switzerland" for the beauty of its scenery. Numerous Russian artists including the famous master of landscapes Levitan used to come here to work.

      Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great, founded in 862, population 40,000) - another pearl of ancient Russian culture. In old Russia only two towns were called veliky (great). One was Novgorod, the famous trade centre of the Russia's north, the other Rostov. In the 12th century Rostov grew to equal Kiev and Novgorod in size and importance. Modern Rostov is a sleepy old town with some magnificent buildings next to the shallow Nero lake.

      Sergiev Posad (founded in 1345, population 115,000) - the spiritual center of Russia, residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, where the remains of the first national saint, Sergei Radonezh, rests. In the heart of Sergiev Posad is a well-preserved splendid architectural ensemble of over 50 historical buildings, as well as magnificent art collections including old Russian painting and the treasures in the vaults of the former Trinity Monastery.

      Suzdal (founded in 1024, population 12,000) - this little quiet town is a real gem, one of the most beautiful in the Golden Ring collection of citeis and towns. In the 11th century Suzdal became the very first forepost of Christianity in the North-Eastern Russia and significantly affected the religious life in Russia until the end of 19 century. Here you can find over 100 church and secular buildings dating from the mid-12th to the mid-19th century crowded into a area of 9 square km.

      Uglich (founded in 937, population 38,000) - the town was built on a major trade route. In its history Uglich has survived destruction by the Mongols and lived through the devastation of fires and plagues. Uglich is famous for Russia's darkest secret - the death of young Prince Dimitri, son of Ivan the Terrible who is often called Tsarevich (an heir to the throne) Dmitry. The center of the town also is a historical and architectural landmark. The streets are wide, with various churches standing side by side along the road.

      Vladimir (founded in 1108, population 400,000) - one of the oldest Russian cities, was founded by the Russian Prince Vladimir Monomakh on the banks of the Kliazma river. The city really blossomed in the 12th century during the reign of Prince Andrey Bogolubsky, who strengthened its defences, welcomed architects, icon-painters, jewellers from other countries, built new palaces and churches so magnificent that travelers compaired them with the ones in the "mother of all Russian cities"- Kiev. Until the middle of 14th century the city had been an administrative, cultural and religious center for North-Eastern Russia.

      Yaroslavl (founded in 1010, population 600,000 ) - as the legend goes it was founded by the famous Russian prince Yaroslav the Wise as a fortified settlement on the Volga river. After a huge fire of 1658 that turned most of the city into ruins, Jaroslavl was rebuilt in stone and reached the peak of its architectural development with palaces and churches richly decorated with beautiful frescoes and ornaments thus earning the title "Florence of Russia". Today it is a quiet metropolitan city, one of Russia's largest regional centres, a capital of the Jaroslav province and one of the most beautiful cities of old Russia.

      Yuriev-Polsky (founded in 1152, population 20,000) - was founded by the Prince Yury Dolgoruky (who also founded Moscow in 1147) and named after himself. The second word "Polsky" means "among the fields" as it is situated in the heart of fertile and flat Suzdal land. These beautiful landscapes inspired the great painters and writers such as Repin, Tyutchev, Odoevsky, Soloukhin. Local textile centre since the 18th century.

      HOW TO GET THERE: By plane to Moscow.... This article is continued below

      Golden Ring of Russia - Travel Guide PART TWO - By Stan Trof

      Article continued from above~

      TRAVEL TIPS: A passport and a Russian visa are required to travel in or transit through Russia. To learn more about how to obtain Russian visa please visit Russian Embassy website. Without a visa, travelers cannot register at hotels and may be required to leave the country immediately via the route by which they entered, at the cost of the traveler. Russian customs officers strictly follow document regulations so travelers are advised to have all papers in order. It is also recommended that additional copies of passport and visa be kept in a safe place in case of loss or theft. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk due to inadequate medical facilities. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash/dollar payment for health services at Western rates so supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage is very useful. Travelers should be certain that all immunizations are up-to-date, especially for diphtheria and typhoid. Quality of tap water varies from city to city but normally is quite poor. Only boiled or bottled water should be drunk throughout Russia. Crime against foreigners in Russia continues to be a problem, especially in major cities. Pick pocketing, assaults, and robberies occur. Foreigners who have been drinking alcohol are especially vulnerable to assault and robbery in or around night clubs or bars, or on their way home. Robberies may occur in taxis shared with strangers. Be aware that public washrooms are difficult to find, and usually you have to pay there. To use a public phone you will need a token or local card. International calls can not be made from street phones. Your mobile phone will work in Moscow and Saint Petersburg but seldom in regional cities. Taxi fee must be discussed with a driver before a journey.

      In the major cities you can rent a car if you do not mind fairly rugged road conditions, a few hassles finding petrol, getting lost now and then and paying high rent price. Public transport in Russia is quite good, cheap and easy to use though sometimes overcrowded. Restaurants seldom have a menu in English. Tipping is expected but not mandatory. Signs in English are common on the streets of Moscow and other big cities. In large cities it is not hard to find a passerby who can answer your questions in Engish. Electricity throughout Russia is 220 volt/50 hz. The plug is the two-pin thin European standard.

      We wish you a safe and nice trip!

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          Michael Craig - Copernicus Films 4 years ago from Moscow

          Good to see Kandinsky's work here. You might be interested in a film I made about Kandinsky shot in Russia and Germany see http://www.squidoo.com/kandinskyandtherussianhouse

          wanted to like your lens but was no buttons. Will share in any case

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          donamorison 5 years ago

          i first understand the meanining of colour in art when i first drawn a digital painting in photoshop.nice lens on art keep it up.

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          Going to Russia would be a dream - your photos have beautiful colours.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          K-a-n-d-i-n-s-k-y! you're great. squidangel blessings for this tribute lens.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          kandinsky's works of art are very expensive. i like his work better than picasso.

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          John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

          great fan of Kandinsky, great lens; enjoyed reading it.

          like you I only got to understand and appreciate abstract art when I began to paint it.

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          Beautiful lens. I am a Kandinsky fan as is my hubby. We almost bought one of his pieces a while back. May I suggest that you add some more special polaroids to spotlight his work. Oh, you haven't done a lensography yet? Let me know when it is ready for viewing! 5*****

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          kathysart 9 years ago

          Wordilydoc... I pretty much agree with you.. lol.

          Aloha, Kathy

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          Wordilydoc 9 years ago

          I like this lens. The pictures are great too. I love both forms of art so I cannot join your duel! Each has its own way of expression. :)