I know I haven’t written for a very long time, it has been rather busy with full time work, Xmas and all the other stuff in between. Despite this, there has been an accidental shift in approach to this next series of paintings. Yes, I know, the intention was to have dancing figures over Australian landscapes but for some reason the lights went out on that notion. Instead, another idea fell into place, not too far from the surreal/abstract perspective, much simpler in composition, lighter in feel and more fluid.
In my minds eye I see a shimmering image of a dark man rising from the depths, rising into the stratosphere of a spiritual plain.. Even to me this sounds rather airy fairy, but I feel somehow this could work.
Before Xmas, my tutor Stephen was talking about keeping things simple quoting Ida Outhewaite’s work. Then I was thumbing through my mothers paintings stacked up against the wall and came across the pink and mauve watercolour of spectral figures moving across the sheet. The idea still hadn’t formulated until the last art class of the year which found me struggling to continue the path began with series one which didn’t or wouldn’t gel simply because the style was too busy, too heavy, too involved in fact too everything. More than a little mystified by this change of heart, I made a quick reconnaissance of thought processes in the past few weeks and discovered that something within had shifted after blogging about some personal stuff, freeing myself from baggage carried for no good reason other than it was there.
There is a saying called KISS, and I think this philosophy should apply to everything in life, but we tend to overthink it, overdo it, over everything it only find ourselves caught up in a maze of brambles and weeds. When studying rock paintings of the indigenous people, their work was simple, unaffected as were their lives. I think this is where I am heading, clear out the rubbish, tell the story and keep it simple.