Saturday, 25 April 2015

Surreal


This painting was created back in 2010 and afterwards I decided that I didn't like it.  Who am I to judge?  Now as I look at it, I feel that it was not too bad a painting.  I named it "Opportunity - An Open Window".  It has a surreal feel to it! The table dressed with a shawl is on a tilt and the glass plate that the fruit and vegetables sit on is extra large in size.  The bird has snuck in through the open window and is keen to taste the feast that awaits him.  Large jungle-like plants surround the windows.

I remember setting up my studio with capsicums and avocadoes, cucumber, apples, strawberries, grapes and a handful of blueberries.  At the time I was looking seriously to move house and spent a lot of my time looking at real estate.  Maybe that is why I decided to throw the painting away, it brought up so many memories of a very stressful time in my life.  Things did feel quite surreal back then.

I have a few paintings in my studio that need to be thrown away (lack of storage space) and I will be careful about those that I choose to part with.  I wish that I had saved this one.  I like it!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Words to Paint By


I found these words on the back cover of Michael Leunig's book of artworks called The Holy Fool that I mentioned a couple of posts ago.  I am reminded of Julia Cameron's "Artist Child" and love this way of painting!  I'll be pasting a copy of it into the journal to keep me inspired!

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"The most joyous painting is not done for the art world, it is done for the inner world; it is a self-delighting, other-worldly thing – a getting lost in regression and solitude, a sub-literate, semi-delirious way to be with the spirited little fool in the depths of one’s being for a while…..

 …….. It is a way of painting.  It is a way of living.  It is a way of transcending the banal inhibited self and finding the divine.  It is a struggling downward journey – this stumbling, daring and devout pilgrimage back to mature innocence and raw beauty; to the sublime joy, the natural intelligence and the mysterious wisdom of the holy fool."
 
- Michael Leunig

Monday, 20 April 2015

February Tree


I painted this tree in my journal back in February, hence the name.  I chose it to be the first pic of my art to be stamped with a watermark, better late than never!

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Our garden is looking its Autumn best, having its last growth spurt before winter comes along and I'm enjoying the view from my window, though the above pic was taken last week during a series of sunny blue sky days.  Today it is soaking up the rain that is falling heavily and it's good to be all cosy inside, painting, listening to music and catching up on all the things (like watermarks) that I never seem to have time for when I'm working. 

I hope you are enjoying your day too!