Music

Detail

Detail

Reworked this piece. I placed the word ‘Music’ over where the word ‘Death’ had been. The meaning behind the piece has shifted somewhat, and for the better. This piece is about Spirit, or Soul, the part of us that makes us so unique, that has us search for meaning and fulfillment in our lives, that loves and grows, that longs for the way of wholeness and wants peace, the Higher Self I guess. So many names for it, but ultimately a sense of being a spiritual being having a human experience. It’s this part of us that will transition to another state and place, death being that doorway, if that’s what you believe, which is why I had placed the word on this person’s chin. If this is not what you believe, then its the part of us that responds to beautiful music. I listen to a lot of great music. For this piece I listened to Rachmaninov’s cello Sonata, 3rd movement when painting the background, which represents the hearing of beautiful music…

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oil on canvas, 32″ x 41″

 

Agapanthus Abandon…

Watercolor/mixed media, 30" x 22", Arches paper

Watercolor/mixed media, 30″ x 22″, Arches paper

Watercolor/mixed media, 30" x 22", Arches paper

Watercolor/mixed media, 30″ x 22″, Arches paper

Diptych

Diptych

Finally beginning to paint with abandon with watercolor! Feels good… Working from feeling and memory, but only after a lot of study, and a pile of rejects. Getting to know these flowers a little better….

To be framed and hung as a diptych.

Duncans Beach, Storm Approaching

oil on canvas,30" x 20"

oil on canvas, 30″ x 20″

Duncans is a rough beach: a few years ago I walked it, but was warned to be careful, and rightly. It’s remote enough, with few houses, and a fishing village that’s just a few dilapidated shacks. There’s poverty here, and the life of a fisherman must be precarious, with the seas overfished and the weather always a threat. I swam it too, on a day when the swell was choppy, but what I love about this place it the light. There’s a silvery ethereal quality to it, and you feel like you’re on the edge of the world…

Agapanthus abundance

watercolor, 18" x 24'

watercolor, 18″ x 24′

Up close and personal or given space, either way the agapanthus are breathtakingly beautiful. Their color, their dramatic shape, their abundance, their marking of seasons in a country that’s always warm and sunny endears them to me. When they bloom I know it’s Spring, and the time of my daughter’s birthday, and I know we now have the Agapanthus Season upon us as they last a good while, when there are enough of them.

I used to live in a garden in cool and misty Mandeville, their favorite climate, with enough beds of these lilies to satisfy anyone. However, they were root bound and not thriving as they’d been planted decades previously, so I dug them all up, turned the soil and fed the beds with high-stinking chicken manure, and replanted half of them, digging new beds for the other half. It was a big garden, all lawn and agapanthus by the time we’d done, and the next time they bloomed they grew to be twice the height and their globe- shaped blossoms were huge! Fabulous.

I also separated the one or two rare white agapanthus, and gave them their own bed. These happy flowers multiplied quickly, and soon there were a hundred or more, all white, all precious, all delicately gorgeous, a throng of shimmering petals reaching high to the light, inviting butterflies and little black insects, and the admiration of many. Can’t help but put a smile on your face…

Sun Worshipers

watercolor, 14" x 20"

watercolor, 14″ x 20″

I remember being in France as a young adult and seeing fields of sunflowers! Thousands of them, maybe even millions, all in bloom and turning with the sun – an amazing sight. Its a very distant memory, but I do remember that I had wanted to delve into the thickness of them, walk amongst them, as if walking in a forest. Now I have grown one sunflower in my garden – there’s another coming, but insects ate the other seedlings. I picked that one precious stem, and painted it from different angles, imagining that field that we drove too quickly past all those years ago, and the above is the result.

Pretty in Pink

 

watercolor, 14" x 20"

watercolor, 14″ x 20″

 

watercolor, 14" x 20"

watercolor, 14″ x 20″

This is the last of these poinsettias for now… The beautiful shrub of ‘white’ blossoms I’m working from has so many colors and tones, none of which are white, and is abundant. Placing three pieces together as a triptych gives a better feeling of this abundance. I have just brought them to the framers to be framed separately but to hang as one piece, and arranged in whatever configuration works best.  The frames will give space to this dense pretty bush – can’t wait to see them on the wall!

waterrcolor, 14" x 20"

waterrcolor, 14″ x 20″

Watercolor triptych

Watercolor triptych