Maths by mother

Taking shape

Originally uploaded by scroobious_pip

‘If you pick up 10 things a day, that’s 70 you’ll have done by the end of the week’. This be mother logic.
What doesn’t get considered by mother logic is whether I put down, bring in, or have cats move more than 10 things per day.
Actually, it’s not such a silly idea. I have been at least more aware of where I put things. I notice when it comes to tidying I feel probably 2% less overwhelmed as more things have ‘homes’ within my home. This weekend the keys got given a home. A significant thing for they are one thing I cannot leave the house without and of course, I always seem to lose them when running late.
Speaking of losing things, I couldn’t find saffron today. Licorice was in the washing basket (the one they have been sitting in together) but saffron was nowhere in sight. It’s a one bedroom unit – how can I lose a cat in here? Anyway, after a few minutes of searching, I finally discovered her behind a canvas. When I tilted the canvas back and finally found her, all she had to say was ‘mau’ and give me a look of… well, ‘how dare you, I was asleep!’

Darren asked me the story behind the painting of the man in blue with the nickel azo gold background. He’s on unstretched canvas – around A3 size. I have not used unstretched canvas before. I have a friend who lives in Florida / New York (yes I know my geography, but he seems to hop between the two)… and he wants a piece of my art. I was wondering how unstretched canvas would be to work on as it would be easier to ship. Anyway, so I was fooling around with it. My usual – a background of collage, acrylic, crayon, and in this case clear tar gel. I went searching for a photograph which would inspire a face. I located one that seemed to hit the emotion of the moment and off I went. This is one of my quick painting sketches. They are generally small, rough and unrefined. They capture the mood of a night and to go back to them and edit significantly later seems like I would be changing the piece. Often because I’m sketching quickly they are down using only one or two colours – here it’s mainly phthalo blue and burnt sienna.
I did come back the next night or so and make some modifications, however these were really just to tone down some of the background. I didn’t touch the face.
I’m sorry Daz that it’s not a more exciting story… I suppose when a painting happens that fast it often has no story. It is but a moment.
The piece to the right on the other hand has been several months in development. I am thinking I am going to call her Agnes. At one stage I had only given her one eye… very normal for me. At the urging of my parents, she acquired a second eye. I liked each eye yet not together. I decided one needed to go! Before I got rid of it completely I wondered what it would look like if I made one eye look on a separate plane to the other. The was the start of the cracks and the shapes. I had no intention of making so many shapes in this piece. It was guided by trying to save one eye and influenced by a DVD I very much enjoyed from creative catalyst with Carla O’Connor. She talked a lot about closing off shapes… outlining shapes that bother you and see where that leads. Well, there are still some shapes – outlined and unoutlined! – which bother me in the piece… hey… I could outline saffron? Not sure she would appreciate that. Actually she’s conveniently masking an area that is still bothering me…


Posted on April 18, 2010, in Art, Waffle and Nonsense and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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