All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography (Federico Fellini). Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.(Buddha) You are what you settle for. You are ONLY as much as you settle for.(Janis Joplin 1943-1970) Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.(Henry van Dyke, poet 1852-1933) "I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be." (Albert Einstein)
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
After a few days break to do some easel painting, I enjoyed splashing around this morning! I think I should have stopped 10 minutes earlier to achieve more clarity, but the result is nevertheless a study in colour contrasts achieved with a few watercolours, a lot of water and some oil pastels. The gestural scribbling was done with a black pen and is roughly (and deliberately) the way I wrote my name at the age of about 3 years! I used to write a lot of the letters backwards. As a lefthander that came quite naturally. Early specimens of my handwriting are a confirmation of my lefthandedness. I'm in good company, however e.g. Leonardo da Vinci.
The cutouts seem to have a life of their own.
The fascinating part of this kind of improvisation is its uniqueness. I defy anyone to reproduce one. I certainly couldn't, although my working palette is always the same and carried over for weeks on end. Some of the effects were achieved with isopropyl alcohol and a flexible scraper (normally used on clay, structure cement and pastos paint). The bright yellow is aquacryl - a liquid paint from Lascaux halfway between watercolour and acrylic. It dries like acrylic on paper, but on my palette I can revive it with water if it dries.