As for the technique, Sigrid Nolte Schefold does not measure distances or angles with the paintbrush handle. She applies large movements, for here is a lot of color to be spread. “The painting comes into being after the tenth layer”, she says. Therefore her primary goal is to give the canvas color. And then shapes and lines. And thereby structure. It is this structure that will shine through to the top layer giving the painting depth and the eye incentive. Of course the layers need a lot of scrubbing to reach transparency. Painting is full body sport.
Observing Sigrid Nolte Schefold paint is both wonderful and frightening. Wonderful because she throws away her lawyer’s clothes and puts on white overalls sprinkled with colors. Wonderful because she works with unhindered determination and shiny eyes. It is when inspiration does not tell her where to move the paint brush that watching Sigrid Nolte Schefold paint becomes frightening. She gets hectic. Desperate about the objective to improve but not to destroy.
Painting is walking on the ridge. Trusting yourself to mix the right color, chose the right paint brush. Make the right move. Only there is no “right” in creativity and that makes it even harder. It’s not about choosing a color that would match the living room couch. It’s about painting what you like. And painting what you not like. It’s about letting it all out. It’s “True Love” when Sigrid Nolte Schefold paints.
Dr. Julia Nolte
“True Love”, Acryl on canvas, Triptychon, 200x360cm