Yesterday we discussed the crossroads one might face when painting... initial colours don't always work best for the composition, for the expression. I had in mind that there was a need for yellow and that need was expressed clearly by my nephew Mat, for whom I'm painting this. I also mentioned that I was still … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!
Yesterday's post set up the serenity journey I'm on for my nephew, Mat... I found my tension colours to indicate some if the struggles and triumphs, but as in all journeys... there are things that must change for it to continue... we sometimes need to redirect... In this case, I have two crossroads to choose. … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…
My nephew, Mat, has been asking me for some artwork and we hadn't had time to sit and discuss what he wanted until a few weeks ago. I started by asking him some basic questions: "what styles, colours, and moods do you like?" He said abstract for style, greens for colours, but couldn't quite verbalize … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…
My Decision was made; I would leave the job early and get the weight of my To Do lists off my head; I would start preparing for my new school year of teaching and other adventures; I would move on. The bird figure is weary with the weight of decisions and tasks to yet complete, … Continue reading Bad Birds Eight – Time To Move On
During a particularly boring day at work, I was assessing the value of the revenue I was making against all the other things I need to do right now. It dawned on me that I was killing myself with self-imposed frustration. I had time to get stuff done before e the Fall semester began again … Continue reading Bad Birds Seven – Why Am I Still Here?
I believe I was dragging the Skeksis (The Dark Crystal) from my subconscious when the brush first touched the paper for this one. Combined with a strange, one-legged creature from the Faerie kingdom, whose name escapes me, this giant bird emerged. Oh, yes, it is a giant! I imagine it a hun drew feet tall … Continue reading Bad Birds Six – I Want To Be Impossible
Never-mind that this is a very silly looking bird, the hat just throws into Monty Python silliness! Of course one must never forget the principle of good comedy and always ask what more can be added to the absurdity... that is where the flower in the hat came from. I was really enjoying the now-dirty … Continue reading Bad Birds Four – Lifting The Moods With A Hat And Single Flower
A really bad night sleep; bored to death at work; sore back; literally looking for things to complain about; ran out of watercolour paper while still having ideas to get down on it; just really grumpy! As I sat there looking at the thick, grey cardboard back from my watercolour pad, knowing my watercolours wouldn't … Continue reading Bad Birds Four – Making The Best Of Waking On The Wrong Side Of The Bed
We all have choices to make and the hardest is often how we choose to react to our circumstances. I was so frustrated with boredom that I became unaware of how I was emoting that black cloud of frustration. I was generating my own shadow of negativity wherever I went and getting even more resentful … Continue reading Bad Birds Three – I Am My Own Moodiness
Remember that these were reactions to the boredom caused by the work practices of the summer job team... I can't really blame them... it might have made sense to me when I was 19 too. But now, I have so much on my mind and I'm quite set in my ways... work hard now to … Continue reading Bad Birds Two – Keeping My Nose Out Of It