Edited painted highlights (2019 Annaversary post)

Another milestone and another slideshow… seven years on WordPress! This last year has been a whirl of six-word poems, experimental word art, black canvas paintings, and music. Lots of music. Not a bad year at all. In fact quite a good one : )

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Everything you can imagine is real

An Answer to Prayer, detail ‚Äď mixed media on canvas

“Everything you can imagine is real.”¬†Pablo Picasso

‘An Answer to Prayer’ is my latest painting: an abstract initially inspired by, of all things, fridge poetry.* But the¬†words were just the starting point. This painting¬†has taken me on quite a journey. I’ve ventured way outside my comfort zone. Way, way outside. I have painted abstracts before but this was an entirely different experience and I’ve ended up with something that doesn’t look like anything I’ve painted before. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re experimenting.¬†I would call it an imagined landscape rather than an imaginary one. It’s surreal and personal and creating it has made¬†me see¬†Picasso’s words in a new¬†light.

*Fridge poetry is made from magnetic word sets that can be arranged and rearranged on a fridge door, providing¬†endless hours of fun and amusement. I posted photographs of some of my favourites on Facebook¬†a few years ago.¬†This painting was inspired by one of those poems and was transferred to the canvas using the same technique as ‘Time’.

An Answer to Prayer ‚Äď mixed media on canvas, 305 x 610 mm, 2017. Sold.
An Answer to Prayer, another view

Experiment time

Time, detail ‚Äď mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2017

Time has its own unique sound.
I’ve heard the talking hours.

I have been experimenting with transferring printed poetry¬†on to canvas. I¬†printed the poem on paper using a standard inkjet printer and transferred it to the canvas using acrylic gel medium. It’s a technique that works surprisingly well. Once dry, the paper is removed by dampening it with water and rubbing¬†it off¬†very carefully. This is the tricky part because there is always a danger of removing the printed image along with the paper. I then painted around the words to create a sort of arty version of the original blackout poem.

I added touches of yellow ochre and some light blue and gave it a slightly mad but subtle texture. It’s still mostly¬†black though. In fact it’s so black that I had to take the canvas outside to get a decent¬†photograph. I think¬†the leafy autumn backdrop rather suits the poem (below).

My next¬†experiment is going to be a ‘fridge poetry’ painting. And whatever image that sentence just conjured up for you… it’s not going to look anything like that.

Time ‚Äď mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2017