Tuesday, September 3, 2013


I'm picking back up with a brand new post in my series inspired by Pantone colors.  This time, it's the cool 18-4252 TCX Blue Aster, which is beautifully apparent in the accompanying paintings by Swiss artist Karina Wisniewska.

Born in 1966, Wisniewska was trained and performed as a chamber musician and concert pianist before discovering her love for the visual arts, including painting. 

For her, the act of painting in essence records a musical composition onto the canvas.  This ideal brings to mind the visual compositions of Wassily Kandinsky, who said:
Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.

Wisniewska's approach to painting is similar to Kandinsky's in that she equates strokes on the canvas with musical representation.  However there is very little formal similarity between the two artists' works.  

Wisniewska applies pigment to canvas using a brush or spatula and often mixes the paint with quartz sand in order to build up a surface.

When I forget what something is called and how I normally know it, that's when I begin to see. By keeping the wrist flexible and varying the pressure and speed, it is [possible] to draw a line without hesitation that will flow like a piece of music. --Karina Wisniewska

Necklace: H&M
Shoes: C'N'C Costume National (available here for 70% off!)

Photos by Meri Feir, images from,,, and


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