Eight…

Eight years on WordPress! I’ve written more than 650 posts, uploaded well over 1800 images, and completely lost track of the number of canvases I’ve painted : ) And so it’s time for my eighth Happy Annaversary retrospective. Here is a collection of eight paintings created over the last year that represent my (current) favourite subjects and styles: the abstract floral, the do-over (that’s a style, right?), the experimental diptych, word art, New Zealand landscapes (of course), and Art for Australia.

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Inner Critic

I painted ‘My inner critic is no expert’ as a reminder : )

There are days when we are so critical of ourselves… days when we think we can’t or we try but things don’t go well and so we decide we won’t… days when the little things overwhelm us and the bigger picture is nowhere to be seen.

Even if they are few and far between, these days still lurk. They return time and time again. Maybe I’ve just painted* the best thing I’ve ever painted and I feel on top of the world. I move on to the next one and nothing goes right. But why? Yesterday it was easy. Yesterday was a joy. Yesterday I even felt like an artist.

Mark Romer famously referred to this as part of The Creative Process and Danny Gregory has devoted an entire book to the subject (‘Shut Your Monkey’). Yes, I’m a big fan of laughing at our inner critic. We do not ~ repeat NOT ~ have to take them seriously.

Okay, sometimes it’s easier said than done. But worthwhile things are very rarely easy. And creating art, no matter what anyone says, is most definitely worthwhile.

* feel free to substitute any creative activity you enjoy for “painted”

Secrets

‘Secrets kept her from being lonely’ — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 505 mm, 2019. Available.

‘Secrets kept her from being lonely’ is my latest six-word painting. It features (most of) a supermoon and many (many) layers of stars. It’s impossible to take a good photo of this painting now that it’s varnished and super glossy… and prior to varnishing, the colours weren’t nearly as rich and deep and dark. So what you see here will have to do. In real life, the moon and the stars are brighter than the blue text, and the night sky is blue, black, and purple. 🌕✨

And if you want to know a secret, this painting was inspired by a photograph I took of a blue supermoon in 2015. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when I discovered that I not only had a good shot of the moon’s surface, I could also see the different colours of the surrounding stars. Not a bad effort for my little nothing-fancy camera : ) 📷

Yellow Boots

‘Yellow Boots’ — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405 mm, 2019. Available.

☁️☁️☁️ When I started painting this a couple of weeks ago, the days were indeed grey grey grey and the branches of the plum tree outside my studio (the view that inspired the background of the painting) were bare bare bare. But after a couple of unseasonably warm days (warm, that is, for August in Christchurch), an explosion of little pink blossoms reminds me that spring is mere days away. Sun sun sun, here it comes. ⛅🌤☀️

The Collected Works

My Top Nine six-word stories ~ my favourites selected from a grand total of 134 word+art posts created last year for Instagram which, in turn, came from 365 stories created using the Page Flutter word prompts. For those who may be interested, I’ve gathered all of my word+art stories into a collection on Pinterest

What a fantastic and rewarding challenge this has been! And even though I won’t be carrying on with a daily writing challenge in 2019, I do plan to make good use of my six-word stories. But more about that in my next post : )

The punch line (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting some of my favourites on Instagram.

24. He saw the punch line coming.

25. The visitor’s much-anticipated arrival didn’t disappoint.

26. “Happy Boxing Day, pizza delivery guy!”

27. Some bygones simply refused to go.

28. Glory days, they’ll pass you by.

29. Enduring dreams demanded brave new plans.

30. A blank page needs only time.

[December prompts: pinnacle, the visitor, Boxing Day, bygones, past glory, new plans, blank page]

All I want for Christmas (word prompts)

A very happy Christmas and New Year to all : )

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting some of my favourites on Instagram.

17. They migrated to leave summer behind.  [Christmas without snow didn’t seem right]

18. Best Christmas romance: naughty and nice.

19. Grandma’s recipe smudged and became indigestible.

20. You’re all I want for Christmas.  [and I’m not just saying that]

21. Open your eyes, my sentimental friend.

22. Peace on Earth. Goodwill to all.

23. Whoever ordered the cookie-gram… Thank you! : )

[December prompts: snowy flight, Christmas romance, Grandma’s recipe, please, Santa, nostalgia, peace, cookie-gram]