When we saw Whispers In The Night by Geesien Postema and read its description by the artist, we instantly wanted to find out more about its inspiration and creative process. We talked to the artist, and here is the beautifully poetic description of the artwork: “This painting is painted in an expressive with gestural brushstrokes along with impressionistic details in orange, yellow and red. It has many layers, giving the painting texture. The lighter parts are painted on a darker background what gives the painting depth. Inspiration was found in a mystical dark sky with rays of moonlight shining in branches and trees and shining stars. There is something mysterious about this painting, the darkness is mesmerizing. It is a reflection of emotions and feelings experienced when walking in the dark.”
Where did the inspiration come from for this piece?
Inspiration for this painting was found during a walk in the dark. While the moon was shining through the trees and branches, mesmerizing stars filled the dark sky, a stillness was experienced.
The creative process of this painting took a while. It is hard to tell how long, I worked several times on it. Never really satisfied with the appearance it went through different stages. It was put aside and later, weeks later, I worked on it again. I trust this process and enjoy it. I know someday it will all come together, and this one did too. I love the different deep shades in the dark blue and green, contrasting with the whites and bright colors and the balance this brings in the composition.
What is the creative process when creating your vibrant abstract art?
The inspiration for my paintings comes from a fascination for nature. When I am outside, I am taking in the scenes and then I am taking photos so putting two and two together, is the starting point for the paintings.
While painting, a more or less abstract painting emerges. Elements are added intuitive, also colors are changed, all to find a strong image with a variation in lines, patterns, colors and composition. The paintings are a reflection of her impressions of what she visually perceives, feels and experiences.