A six year old in Scotland saw 16 pictures of the daily view from the same window – how marvellous to have completely missed the chocolate theme! The faith in that innocent interpretation is endearing, grounded and sustainable, as opposed to the consumerism that birthed the original gourmet chocolate theme.Continue reading “Chilli Chocolate activity – please join in …”
Continue reading “Paint what you see – show don’t tell”
As a painter, the phrase ‘paint what you see, not what you think you see’ binds and cuffs my wrists until I ask ‘what do I think I see?’ As a writer the phrase ‘show don’t tell’ gags the creative synapses until binary thought is shattered and realization dawns.
She was reported to be ‘deficient’ and ‘mentally difficult’; a description that could apply to me at various times of my own life. But when did this apparent state of mind develop? Did it already exist or was it a control mechanism? Was it because they wouldn’t return her children?Continue reading “Mentally Difficult”
Making many copies of my own artwork provided freedom—I found myself taking risks because I wasn’t worried about losing the original drawing.Continue reading “Abandoned original artwork”
Is this finished? I’ve hung it up to dry, but every time I walk past I get the urge to tinker some more. It’s hard to stop fiddling, which is possibly habit over intuition – if I have some paint left over from something else, I find myself wondering, ‘will this go with Blue Chocolate?’ Being oil paint, it’s so easy to wipe away if it doesn’t work, so I whack it on, stand back and decide. Then I wipe it off, usually.Continue reading “Blue Chocolate – are we done yet?”
‘You can’t choose your family,’ the 89-year-old man said to his five-year-old great grandson.Continue reading “Forgotten Australians – a story”