Living on the small island of Saba in the Caribbean Sea,
with a magical mossy rainforest at its top, there are no limits to inspiration
for me. While camping in the middle of nature, surrounded by the sounds of
birds, dripping water and wind, it doesn’t take long to let go of the noise
that is normally, without even noticing, always in the background. The Magical
Mossy Forest series is a result of this.
To go to the top of Mt. Scenery asks preparation. We have to
carry our camping gear 1064 steps uphill. During the hike we gradually loose
our hectic ways of thinking and when we arrive at the camping spot part of the
change has already taken place.
Normally I paint the whole day and we stay for about four
nights in the cloud forest on the top of Mt. Scenery. It is muddy, often cold
and very wet, but it is amazing.
The series of paintings that I am showing is all inspired by Saba’s cloud forest. The small
collection shown here is based on studies and pictures I made on the top. I
used leaves and strings with watercolor on watercolor canvas. Watercolor can hardly
be used on the top of the mountain as the humidity there is normally more than 95%.
While Ipaint in my studio on Saba
the watercolor medium is doing a lot of the work by itself: the colors flow
over the canvas and mix together in their own particular way. I hardly use
brushes. Since the medium of watercolor and the cloud forest are the same (namely
water), there is little doubt that medium and subject match perfectly.
Saba, April 28, 2012
Name: Helena Cornet
Address: Troy. The Bottom, Saba, Netherlands Antilles