HOW TO PAINT THE SOUL OF THE SEA
Aili Vint: Painting the sea is pure meditation with colours and shapes.
But it is not easy to capture the sea onto the canvas to knock down. Suddenly, as the sea has just begun to take shape, I’m very confused – the painting resists me! Have you tried to put the baby to bed, when he does not want to sleep? –- In order to get the Quiet Sea to lie down on the canvas, you have to wrestle it for a long time. But one fine day I feel that now is the right time and then painting succeeds again with surprising ease – as if someone else was working inside me and making incredible things happen, as if the Sea itself was painting my Sea. — I am the Sea! — The Sea is painting me.
my marine paintings since 1972 —2014
SHALLOW SEA 1972 Oil on canvas,92 x 115 cm Tartu Art Museum
THE SEA 1974 Oil on canvas 115 x 144 cm, artist’s collection
SEA AT KÄSMU 1991 Oil on canvas, 150 x 175 cm artist’s collection
AFTER THE RAIN 1982 Oil on canvas, 100 x 115 cm private collection
STONY SEA 1974 Oil on canvas, 115 x 135 cm Kumu Art Museum
TRANSPARENT SEA I , 2014 Oil on canvas, 110 x 190,5 cm artist’s collection
TRANSPARENT SEA II , 2014 Oil on canvas 110 x 190,5 cm artist’s collection
WET SEA 1986 - 1995 Oil on canvas 150 x 210 cm private collection
THE SEA WAS ONCE RED 2007 Oil on canvas 92 x 116 cm private collection
THE ARCTIC OCEAN 1981 Oil on canvas 175 x 200 cm Tretjakov Gallery, Moskow
XXX BALTIC REGATTA. WAITING FOR THE WIND 1979 Triptychon II, oil on cancas 120 x 153 cm Tretjakovi Galey, Moskow
ON THE ISLAND OF TÜTARSAAR 1986 Oil on canvas, 115 x 145 cm Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow
Every day before taking a brush in my hand, I have to suppress a primal, nameless and distracting anxiety. I have to clear my head of all other thoughts and of the fear that I might not be able to convey the chosen sea mood. Only slowly, when I’ve calmed down, I can start. Painting progresses well only if one leaves everything else aside, in a true meditational trance.
I have to live with the painting in progress from morning to evening, very close to each other, like with a newborn baby who can’t be left alone for a moment. And you have to keep doing this until the picture is finally ready and starts living a life of its own.
LAZY SEA 1986, Oil on canvasl 100 x 115 cm private collection
STONE IN COASTAL WATER 2000 Oil on canvas 150 x 175 cm private collection
SEA AFTER THE STORM 1984 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm private collection
AFTER STORM 1984 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm private collection
REFLECTION OF DARK CLOUDS 1978 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
SEA UNDER THE DARK SKY 1975 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm Kumu Art Museum, Estonia
SERENE SEA 1982 Oil on canvas 120 x 150 cm Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
PALE SEA 1975 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm, Kumu Art Museum, Estonia
GLITTER ON COASTAL WATER I, 2009 Triptychon Oil on canvas 81 x 312 cm artist’s collection
GLITTER ON COASTAL WATER II, 2009 Triptychon Oil on canvas 81 x 312 cm artist’s collection
GLITTER ON COASTAL WATER III, 2009 Triptychon Oil on canvas 81 x 312 cm artist’s collection
COASTAL WAVE ON THE BLACK SEA 1983 Oil on canvas 100 z 173 cm artist’s collection
BLUE-BLUE SEA 2010 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm artist’s collection
BLACK SEA 1975 Oil on canvas 100 x 173 cm Zimmerliy Art Museum, USA
GLIMMERING WATER 2000 Oil on canvas 92 x 115 cm, artist’s collection
SUNSET FLASH 2011 Oil on canvas 110 x 191 cm, artist’s collection
an extract from the book “Ocean Sea” by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco
While ending up in a mysterious hotel by the seashore by chance, a professor is trying to determine w h e r e e x a c t l y t h e S e a e n d s.
"…The scientist is roaming around with his notebook and measuring tools, being unable to find resolution to the question he is researching - Where does the end of the Sea start? The perplexed professor is lamenting: “I am right here, within steps of the Sea, and I don’t understand where is Sea. Sea. - The Sea does not leave traces or give explanations….” (Italian author Alessandro Baricco, “Oceano Mare”)
Estonian marine painter Aili Vint: “My esteemed professor, I will show you where the Sea ends! — Here”
T H E S E A E N D S H E R E (dedicated to the Alessandro Baricco) 2007 Oil on canvas 150 x 190 cm artist’s collection
I remember how I used to walk on the beach, pondering how to depict transparent water, how to paint those footprints that the steady rhythm of the sea left on the sandy sea floor. This is not possible, I concluded with sadness. —- You see!
katkend kirjanik Alessandro Baricco raamatust “Ookean Meri”
Juhuslikult salapärasesse mereäärsesse hotelli sattunud endine professor püüab täpselt kindlaks teha, kus lõpeb meri.
"…Teadlane uitab oma mõõteriistade ja märkmikuga ringi, leidmata algust otsitavale, juurdepääsu küsimusele: Kus algab mere lõpp? Kimbatuses professor kurdab: „Olen siin, sammu kaugusel merest ja ei saa aru, kus ta on. Meri. Meri. —- Meri ei jäta jälgi ega anna seletusi…“ (Italian Writer Alessandro Baricco “Ookean meri”)
Eesti meremaalija Aili Vint: “Lugupeetud professor, ma näitan, kus lõpeb meri!— Siin!”
“ M E R I L Ö P E B S I I N” (.See meremaal on pühendatud Alessandro Bariccole) 2007 Oil on canvas 150 x 190 cm artist’s collection .