07 October 2021

a field of flowers each night

 

Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 5 October,   2021, oil on canvas board, 25 X 20 cm.


Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 5 October,   2021, oil on canvas board, 25 X 20 cm.


Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 5 October,   2021, oil on canvas board, 25 X 20 cm.


To my great surprise, these small studies rose up and out from the sea as if they were a field of  daisies, bellflowers, and violets. It made a magnificent 'bloom' last night, but for some reason I almost resisted going out to work. I had been in the studio in the afternoon and found myself full of doubts about the motif.

"What more I could generate from the this motif?"

It may have been precipitated by a remark a friend had made earlier in the day when he said,

"You should move on from these little paintings and make your big ones."

I knew he liked the things done in the studio. I was not really bothered by the remark except that I had had a difficult session the previous night, one which pretty much said the very same thing to me. Its one thing when some else makes a critical remark about your work (or life), but another thing altogether when your own work speaks directly to you through itself!

But in the end, all I needed was a great session, an evening 'bloom' blushing wildly for me alone to replenish my curiosity again for this motif. After all it is for me alone, and similar to this Blog, maybe the results will please others, but the pleasure of ‘doing’ is all mine alone. 


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