Saturday, 15 February 2014

Drawing the wind

When is an idea original ? When an individual first thinks of it or when the very first person to think of it, does it ???? Hmmm. Maybe it's the interpretation that's important.
I was trailing through some very old sketch books and came across notes I had made in the Isles of Scilly. ...How can I draw the wind ?, what colour is the wind ? and as I was sitting in a very windy spot on my terrace yesterday, I was having the same thought. What does the wind look like ?  I thought about how to go about catching the essence of the wind in a drawing. Suspending a pen from the washing line seemed like a good idea.

I have of course since discovered I am not the first person to have thought of this ! But I can see there are endless possibilities on colour and thickness of pens. Sadly paint can't be used as the brush would dry out. The wind drawing took a whole day to complete and while the wind was doing it's work I sat and watched from my hammock. 
It's 15th Feb today and while the British Isles are under water and suffering foul winter weather, I have been today basking in a wonderful 25c and blue skies. Oh joy.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tiddley Pom

On Monday, when the sun is hot
I wonder to myself a lot:
Now is it true, or is it not,
That what is which and which is what?
On Tuesday, when it hails and snows
The feeling on me grows and grows
That hardly anybody knows
If those are these or these are those.
On Wednesday, when the sky is blue,
And I have nothing else to do,
I sometimes wonder if it’s true
That who is what and what is who.
On Thursday, when it starts to freeze
And hoar-frost twinkles on the trees,
How very readily one sees
That these are whose- but whose are these?
On Friday-
Lines written by a bear with very little brain.
About how I feel today whilst painting....Unfinished... 'Sunset over Xlendi Bay' 

I have lost my mojo AGAIN ! 
I can't leave the Essex pallette behind.and am finding I have lost my way. I mentioned this to a friend who challenged me to use colours completely alien to me., in much the same way I teach people at my 'Expressive painting workshops' (...and frankly I should have thought of it myself !) to use their left hand (or right if that is not their normal preference) It loosens up the mind as there is no history to work with or to stifle creativity with. We expect to make mistakes with something new because this us uncharted territory. Not constricted by things that have gone before. 
Scary stuff. What !? leaf green...yuk. 
This is a new journey and it may take a while but I am loving these colours for now. I'm still experimenting on how they mix together, I love to use them straight from the tube....anyway will see how this progresses.