Mick Brandenberger

The Painter of Curved Space


A realist who sees their scene literally standing before them would be able to predict with reasonable clarity the finale image of their painting. I have no such clarity. Instead I will struggle towards creating a definite image by using experience, intuition and heavy doses of fantasy as guides towards this completion. Only as completion nears does the clarity of the image emerge. This approach is called the emerging image.
Let us begin understanding this emerging image approach by viewing seven steps at work with the painting Which Time.
First Step Frequently after finishing a painting session I will use the remaining paint in an exploratory sketch. I feel very comfortable with brush and color. I am probably more of a Rubenist than a Poussinist. The above is such an image done in about 15 minutes. The first daubs of paint, now covered by paint, were merely challenges to my imagination in that they did not represent any concrete object. Again they were just smears of colors on a paper that within 3 minutes or so suggested to me a landscape configuration. At this moment a vague direction is sensed and the adventure takes its first step. Light effects, colors, natural forces of gravity, geological formations, flora and the like then begin to emerge as seen in this quick alkyd sketch above.