Archive for June, 2008

Finding the thread – Encontrando el hilo

watercolour 13.5 cm x 8.5 cm

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working .

La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando.

Pablo Picasso

Last week was full of worldly concerns that left me virtually no time for art-making. I snatched a few moments to do this little watercolour one evening and mixed up some colours for my collages but that was about it. Now, the week stretches before me with plenty of painting time but a lot to get done, as I really need to finish both these collages by the end of the week. Read the rest of this entry »


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Moving Away

I realise that with each piece I am moving further away from literally interpreting the Handless Maiden story. Accepting this, it seems easier to follow my chosen path and I am able to worry less about the absence of certain characters or scenic elements in the pieces.

Handless Maiden/Doncella Manca 3 stage 3 Handless Maiden/Doncella Manca 4 stage 2 Read the rest of this entry »

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The primal fluid of growth and continuance

Handless Maiden 3 stage 2
Today I printed the first collage elements for painting 3 of the Handless Maiden series. At first glance it might seem that the turn this work is now taking is unrelated to my thoughts when I wrote the post The Synchronistic Path of the Handless Maiden. In fact it almost seems that way to me but let me retrace the thread… Read the rest of this entry »

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A pair of pears

Handless Maiden painting 3 stage 1-2 Handless Maiden painting 4 stage 1-2

Yesterday I painted both of the backgrounds for the next two paintings in the Handless Maiden series. I worked on them both at once – a very intense two and a half hours of unbroken and very energetic work – and came out of the studio dropping with fatigue! Read the rest of this entry »

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Out of the darkness

Sadko, painting by Illya Repin

Sadko by Illya Repin

One of the paintings I found on my synchronistic trail today

I had begun to feel like I was just prevaricating but I kept telling myself all week that, whilst I desultorily sketched a few ideas, searched magazines and the net for image-clues and wrote little notes to myself about the meaning of these sections of the book, my subconscious was working hard on coalescing the ideas for the next two paintings. Read the rest of this entry »

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first draft idea handless maiden/doncella manca 3-4I’m beginning to recognize the phases of my creative process like landmarks on a familiar walk. This is really helpful as although, at times, I might be going through a dark tunnel or across a bit of waste-ground, at least I know that I’ve been here before and I always manage to get across safely. Read the rest of this entry »

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