Based on a short illustrated strip story I did back in the day… in the days of me trying out my ability in this field.
I include here one page from that original strip… more on my fb link, in the ‘Tree Climbers’ album.
Then, when I was not very able to move the item, I thought to do it as a story in a painting.
The outline was created, a good idea. Then I went blank and did not know how to proceed further. Possibly 10 years went by before I could look at this item again. That’s when I could see how to rework this item and complete it.
Upon reflection, this piece stored so long spans quite a time in my artistic evolution and highlights a junction, a turning point…..
And Since I’m in a bit of a reflective mood….
I spent some 5 years figuring out how to tie my shoes, and manage myself generally, how to communicate, …sort of.
The next ten years or so were spent cobbling an ego together like most everyone else. A totally stupid endeavour but hey! that’s how we’re trained since time immemorial. At least there was also some sort of formal education going on alongside. I’m getting to the point…
Having by then figured out I had an artistic sense I then proceeded to spend the next 35 years or so trying to figure out how to get the painting right. Fast forward family and work dramas, up & down hormone levels, and on. Having a good meditation exercise alongside sure has helped, as do having a loving home and partner.
By now you’re bored reading this. I’m still alive, though these days my health is questionable… and yes my brush stroke over the last few years has been finding its signature self. This painting was started in a more uncertain period but now I can much more easily see where the balance and colour need to fall.
I’ve been pulling a couple more paintings off that dusty shelf recently. I’m really excited about all this, and even more so about the new ideas as there are plenty of snapshots of my world that I would love to put down on paper with colour before my time’s up. As for sales…
acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge