These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram. The background painting is a detail of another personal project based on an old Polyvore set: ‘The Fountain on Two-Way Street’.
23. Clean cotton. Must be laundry day.
24. Freshly cut grass: short and sweet.
25. The synesthetic interpreter transcribed colourful conversations.
26. It was a cute new angle.
27. The boss lady was no lady.
28. Their recycled drinking water tasted normal.
29. A calculated risk: all or nothing.
[July prompts: clean cotton, freshly cut, colourscape, new angle, boss lady, recycle, risk.]
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso
‘Chinatown’ (Melbourne) is my first ever painting on black canvas. I bought four little 4″ x 12″ canvases more than a year ago but I haven’t had the confidence to paint on them. Until now. I have no idea what flipped the switch that suddenly made it the right time but I’m so glad I did. Picking up a few tips from tutorials posted online definitely helped and it turns out that I absolutely love love love ❤❤❤ painting on black canvas.
There is a second black canvas diptych waiting in the wings, another Melbourne night cityscape. I have also bought some black gesso so that I can make my own black canvases and continue exploring this new way of painting. Happy days.
Running Through My Dreams — acrylic on canvas, 2018. Personal project.
This painting began as a digital collage on the now defunct Polyvore site. It was inspired by a dream about my mother. The juxtaposition of elements, the slightly odd perspective, the colours and textures, all really appealed to me. Painting it was more like having a conversation than putting paint on canvas and it taught me a lot about why I paint and why I can’t stop painting. ‘Running Through My Dreams’ now keeps me company in the Art Cave.