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!
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!
"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."
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!
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 was quite inspired this morning to paint some pages in my journal. More than usual that is! I've been browsing through Holy Fool a sensational compilation of artworks by Michael Leunig. His art touches my soul in a big way and I am inspired to paint like no-one is watching! It's crazy how cramped you can feel creatively if you worry about what people think of your art, or if you simply respond to what the 'market' wants to see. I love the absolute freedom to simply be me!
I have my painting table set up in my dining room that overlooks the garden, a room with lots of natural light. I purchased some more paints recently too, meaning I am using a slightly different palette of colour. Some of these journal pages will become paintings on canvas as soon as I can make my way back into my studio!
A wealth of journal pages! This is what happens when you have a lot of time on your hands. My leg is up on a pillow. Crutches by my side. Though my life is a little microcosmish (new word!) it's amazing what is possible when life seems to contract. I often think of Frida Kahlo who was a creative amazon despite her physical difficulties! And I only need to worry about an ankle. Puts it all into perspective really! Two weeks till I may be able to place weight on ankle, I'm counting down the days!
I felt the need to practice faces. Originally, underneath this face was a blue cat that didn't work out. So I collaged some torn newspaper and gessoed over the top. Then this woman just appeared! She looks a little sad and worried! Happy faces next time, I promise!
Who doesn't love hearts! I love the creative life! I hope you are inspired to journal too!
I have decided to come back here to Bliss Fruit after quite a break!
Breaks are good I'm thinking! I have a lot more to offer here now that I have time on my hands!
I have had an ankle operation - an ankle fusion to be exact, to get rid of pain as a result of osteoarthritis. Years of playing netball have taken a toll! However, thankfully I am on my way to recovery, though will still have quite a few weeks yet off my feet!
I welcome you back to my blog, I appreciate you being here!