The Swing

August 5, 2016


“The Swing”
Acrylic on canvas painting.
106.6×106.6cm or 42″x42″.

This painting is rather mysterious.

My girls were very young then and we used to spend a lot of time at the playground whenever the day turned out nice. I also used to photograph them a lot more than they let me do now.

On one such day I was taking pictures of my kids playing on the swings and climbing frames, when this girl came along, smiled at me and posed for a photo. She was about 2 – the age when they most like being photographed – and she wanted to star for my pictures. I couldn’t refuse and took some photos of the child.

Later on, looking through the shots, I came upon an image I really liked. Something about the eyes – focused beyond the world around, focused on the unseen…

I placed the girl in an imaginary setting of a Summer forest, swinging, with an intense and dreamy look on her face. And that’s how this painting came to be.

I don’t know the girl’s name or where she lives and she doesn’t know she inspired a painting, yet here she is – now forever a dreamy child, swinging.

Thick Paint

May 2, 2015

And sometimes I simply want to throw paint thickly onto a surface and see how it looks. Why not?

Still Life with Onions. Oil on canvas. Marina Kim


And play with the colours.

Still Life with Dandelions in a Puter Jug

Dandelions in a Puter Jug

And with the shadows and the light.

Still life with Daffodils by artist Marina Kim


And not to think.

Still life with Tulips in a Jar by artist Marina Kim

Tulips in a Jar

And not to care about the objects of my attention but use them as an excuse to throw paint onto a surface.

Still life "Posy in a Tea Pot" by artist Marina Kim

Posy in a Tea Pot

And not to explain anything to anyone… At all. Like words never even existed.

So, digging myself out of an artist’s “block” is a full time job. I seem to be doing that more often than doing the actual art. I find, it helps to get to simple objects and a format and material I know. At least, it takes away a lot of decision-making…

Still Life With Cheese and Wine

Stilton and Port

More of the Same

More of the Same

More Cheese, Anyone?..

The simpler – the better.

Milk Jug and Camelia Again

Milk Jug and Camelia Again

…at some point, one might even find oneself enjoying oneself…

Still life with Camelia by Marina Kim

Milk Jug and Camelia

…then, possibly, one is rather pleased…

Still Life With Jugs And Camelia

Jugs and Camelia

One wants to press on and pin down something elusive starting to emerge on the canvas…

Still Life by Marina Kim

Jugs and Three Grapes

That’s the moment when ideas start coming… Words “simplify, simplify” flatter about one’s head. Minimalism, spaciousness, white…

One leaves the studio late and wants to rush back early the next morning… Of course, the next morning, inevitably, something happens which prevents one from getting to the studio, creating, implementing. Things like chores, visitors, emergencies and so forth, tumble down, followed by another big slab of artist’s “block”.

Then, I finally manage to go to the studio to stare at the wall and try to dig myself from under it again.

New paintings

June 22, 2009

Magic Tree For My Girls

Magic Tree For My Girls

I’ve just finished two new paintings, which I started ages ago. It was a very long process, as I was trying to find a new language. All my search for the last 15 or so months is somewhere there, in these pictures. And I am looking forward to see what’s coming next…