Time, detail – 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 – mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2017
Blackout poem #15
“For a miracle,
move from the hazards of excess
towards extravagant control;
with the delight
of a paradox.”
Blackout poem #14
“If things bring you joy, keep them.
‘What? You still have that?’
Yes. I keep them because they are treasure.”
I’ve been reading (and finding blackout poetry in) Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ and don’t let the poem fool you… I am preparing to embark on an epic journey. The book — and the KonMari Method — are intriguing and, yes, potentially life-changing. I’ll keep you posted.
Blackout poem #13
“Hearts will grow almost anywhere.
As long as they are handled carefully,
they will flower summer, autumn, winter, spring.”
It’s been a busy month… although you might not be able to tell that from my blog posts. I’ve been revamping some of the photos in my Etsy shop, I’ve painted a few landscapes (you may still see one of them in my Instagram feed over there on the right), and I’ve been discovering the wonderful world of Polyvore.
Oh and I’ve been preparing for the Pegasus Bay Art Show which is happening this weekend. Friday, October 7th is Opening Night and Saturday, October 8th is the Open Day.
My, that’s a lot of links… I hope that goes some way to explaining my absence from WordPress these last few weeks. No apologies. No excuses. I do plan to be around a little more often after the art show and then I can fill you in on recent events in more detail.
Blackout poem #12
“The dream would not go.
Some things were meant to be.
Yes, sometimes it is simple
and time would tell.”