07 March 2020

Easter Bunny Painting, with love and squalor

 Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 1 March, 2020, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm

A very curious image which came last week. A friend of mine on Instagram thought it looks like an Easter Bunny, not bad! 

I remember that it was a strange sky that evening, and I wasn't really sure how to deal with it. There was a ceiling of magnificent lime green overhead made up from Prussian blue and citron yellow. It was the catalyst which allowed me to jump into the painting session. There is always a visual catalyst which triggers a painting. Almost always in these pictures done at sunset am I struck by an often subtle collision of colour planes in the sky. It can happen in a split second as I arrive at the small dune where I unpack and prepare for the session. By the time I have prepared some colours on the palette I am ready to pounce. 

Happily, I no longer judge my work until weeks, even months later, until after they have been parked against one another on the shelf for a long moment.

And yes, I can say that I am continually making progress in the process of painting, but the biggest progress is in my attitude. I have become kinder to myself, more accepting of my small failures and mistakes. After all, it's just Painting.

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