1. From Neil Ardley’s The Way Things Work, Nuclear Fusion
2. From the book, Moon: Science, History, And Mystery by Stewart Ross, Into orbit
3. From Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways, “There’s a theory that when you aren’t looking at something, it doesn’t exist.”
It’s been a few weeks since I relied completely on the themes and for me, these ones really worked. I had purchased a beautiful piece of plywood in a square format before driving down and I just knew that I really loved the panel, the grain and did not wish to lose that texture through the process of creating. This, I was thinking on the drive.
I was also thinking about circles…light…and colour….but, just that simply. Some of the Gorilla House crowd ask the question, “Do you think this up on the spot?” I think that the truth is that artistic rumblings are always going on in an artist’s mind. Am I wrong? I know that some mornings I have to get up early just because my mind won’t let me sleep. Dreams of paintings and different subjects are not uncommon. So, truthfully, when an artist knows that they are heading to an extreme painting event and will be finished a piece in two hours, I think that some sparks will fire, even at a subconscious level.
I know that I will be painting ‘Ryan’ for a while. That’s another thing.
Anyway, a slight shift in media and in the end, no text or collage. Had I written on the piece, it would have included a quote from John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara. In the end, the image sufficed. I used chalk pastels and gloss medium…and drew the image in permanent ink.
Now your soul has come to take you back.Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”