I don’t ever believe in not having enough on your plate, which is probably why I live in a constant state of manic flux and/or depression, depends what’s going on at any given minute.
I have a large family, maybe that’s not readily apparent from the posts on this ‘ere Art website of mine but I do – four adult children (two youngest are twins), five grandchildren. There’s always something going on with their stories, never mind my own life, which does tend to take a backseat most of the time. My youngest daughter is going through a whole load of troubles that I cannot bring myself to discuss on here (not the place, and all that). Suffice to say, I have this constant anxiety bubbling away under the surface, just waiting to explode – so far I’ve kept it down. However, I have noticed that whenever I am faced with a lot of anxiety and stress, I go straight to the brushes, paint and canvas. Painting soothes my turmoil, keeps me sane (debatable) and my paintings provide me with a visual emotional reference map of the way I’ve been feeling at any point in my life.
Right now, I’m trying my damndest to get this website looking right … it’s been a slow process and I’m still not happy. Thankfully both my sons are IT professionals and they don’t know it yet, but they are going to be wading in during October, helping me get it 100% spick and span.
I am also preparing to go up to the Isle of Skye (end of this month), I get back on my birthday – 6th October. To say, I can’t wait is such an understatement, I have been planning this for a couple of months already and I am only going to be away (in total) a week. The Highlands of Scotland always inspire and challenge me, it’s the most magical, truly wild, place on earth. My inherited surname (i.e. previously married surname) is Scott and there’s no getting away from where that surname originated. However, I do have relatives in my own blood line, who were from Scotland – so there is a genetic connection there. I like to think so, anyway. I’m a sucker for a man in a kilt.
Oh yes, and I started reviewing books a while back – I have a separate website (blog) devoted to that. It’s enjoyable and I’m interfacing (if that’s the right word) with a few authors, so that always helps me in my own writing endeavours. I have several writing projects in the pipeline and I am not going to talk about them here, otherwise they just won’t get anywhere near to publishing.
I did some work on this little piece last week and won’t be doing anymore painting until I come back from Scotland. This one definitely isn’t finished, but i thought it would be a nice gentle colour combo for Friday.
“Light gold and blue”
20″ x 18″ Acrylics and inks, pastes and gels on stretched canvas. Below pick close up of detail.
Have a great weekend, see you all on the other side …