It’s 10 o’clock in the morning when I step into Curly C Colors’ studio to take photos of Cornelia for her new website. Botzo, the cat looks at me, suspiciously. Who am I to interfere with Cornelia’s program that starts early in the morning and ends somewhere around midnight?
”When I sit at my table and work, I hardly notice time passing. The feeling of a working day resembles surfing on an auto-generated stream of energy. Each action completed brings with it a burst of fresh energy that fuels my next action and so on. That is why my greatest enemies are interruptions.”, says Cornelia.
But I am a wanted interruption and the wise Botzo understands and, I guess, accepts it by retreating on his favorite armchair.
I ask Cornelia what does a usual day looks like to be ready to capture it in the photos.
”It consists of painting, taking photos and preparing materials for the online medium. My “creative” day is a mixture between painting and brainstorming new ideas. However, most of my work happens behind closed doors and only a few things make their way out to my followers. Therefore I am preparing a new weekly post on my Curly C. Colors page on Facebook, called The Week of an Artist, where I invite people to take a peek at what happens behind the scenes”.
So here we are, behind the doors of Curly C. Colors. I continue to ask Cornelia questions about her work because …well, I am curious myself, and because I know I have the chance of taking best portraits when people speak about their passion. Their inner light brightens their faces as no professional flash could do.
How does painting make you feel?
Painting brings happiness and fulfillment to me. When I paint, I am submerged deeply under a sea of good feelings. This is probably why I am spending so much time there.
Have you ever dreamt a drawing during your sleep and then woke up and start drawing it?
Some of my ideas come fairly easy to me. I just see them in my mind’s eye, clear as day, and make me eager to put paintbrush on paper and let them out. However, other ideas appear like brief sightings in heavy fog. Incomplete, immaterial, poorly lit and partially hidden, they are the perfect food for my subconscious mind to chew on during the night. Often these elusive evening ideas become clear in the morning.
So far I have tried different painting techniques. The one I like most is to paint with watercolors on paper. I feel that this medium has a certain femininity and fragility attached to it. The colors merge and complete one another, lines and shapes become blurred, borders disappear and the whole construct becomes fluid. I feel that watercolors share the same metaphorical fluidity, flexibility, and lack of boundaries as real life does. My next second favored medium is acrylics on canvas, and every now and again I feel like painting one.
What is your favorite/ dearest project so far?
My dearest project so far are the 38 affirmation cards that I’ve done for my client and dear friend Jordemoder Sophie. She gave me 38 affirmations written in Danish, and I had to capture the essence of each in to a specific image. It was challenging and fun at the same time.
What would be your dream project?
My dream project is to have a series of paintings that will turn into a fashion design collection (also designed by me).
On what music your ballerinas dance to?
I think is a combination of classical and pop music.
For how long have you been drawing? Do you remember your very first drawing? What was it about?
I think I’ve always liked to draw, but I’ve approached painting in a more serious manner around 18 years ago. Back then I was preparing for sustaining my admission examination at the Architecture University. Also around that time I’ve made a painting depicting a boy from a music band.
What are you working now on?
Right now I am working on a new botanical-inspired series. Mainly is a tribute to spring and summer and it depicts nature and greenery. But I also continue with my other series.
Has Denmark/ Odense influenced your art or you as an artist?
Yes, it did. It had a major impact on me, mainly because here I’ve really had time to explore painting, try ideas, concepts and so on. It also offered me the kind of silence and calm that allowed me to clarify in what direction I want to take my art to. It also inspired me with it’s architecture, with it’s streets with the stories of H.C Andersen, with the Danish design, all being presented one way ore another in my paintings.
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Cornelia is always happy to hear from people, so feel free to drop her a line with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.