Off the wall…
Posted on: Monday, Jan 16, 2012
E-chatting with artist, Eli, the other day and mentioned I painted as a hobby. She asked to see some. I’m shy, but here are a few. While there are a couple of watercolours, I like to mostly paint with acrylics, using a palette knife rather than all brush. The style is semi-abstract coz we have cameras these days for realism. I used to paint impressions of places encountered on travels.
The top one is Tasmania – driving through the bush between Launceston and Hobart you literally couldn’t see the wood for the trees. Not far from there we found a café with a sign, “Closed for Lunch.”
The middle one is Greece. I wanted an ‘ancient’ mood backdrop (the sky is so ‘old’ it has a cracked/mosaic feel) with a modern, lyrical contrast of the sheet music and photo montage of our holiday – donkeys, cats, pelicans, Mykonos harbour, a Santorini sunset, a widow and, of course, Annie and me. The bottom painting is looking out at the estuary in Fowey (pron. ‘Foy’) in Cornwall.
I used to nip down from London and stay with an artist by the name of Derek, who owned a B&B. Derek was a proper ‘artist’ who had studied under Augustus John. We both enjoyed fishing (in his little boat), drinking (in front of his cosy fire), laughing (in his little boat and in front of the fire) and painting. He gave me an unforgettable lesson with watercolours one rainy afternoon in his studio.