Women gather together in open and exposed, discussing life in the here and now. Each as her own individual self. One has a lot to say, another is present only as a listener. There is no pressure to open up or keep a secret. Perhaps the discussion gives them the strength to address other issues or gain a new perspective on life.
The starting point for my paintings of the human body are my old croquis drawings created in 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The perception, mind and stylus work fast. Once the sketch has been made, it is no longer touched after the event. Based on these rapid sketches I have outlined and painted groups, topics and discussions.
Sometimes I take a break during my work and shift to another subject, Medinilla flowers. The fascinating shape of the flower and the way it grows creates an interesting object for observation. At the same time the discussions have continued, but the topic has changed. The colours and moods of both topics are born spontaneously as I paint. I participate in the discussion as I paint and get to have my say.