I love to paint, and I am passionate about colour.Splashing colour on canvas fills me with delight.
I greatly admire the work of the Australian artist and icon Margaret Olley- She painted ordinary still lives, bursting with colour and life.
Her paintings are inspiring.
The anticipation that I feel when holding a fresh palette and faced with a clean white canvas is delightful. I enjoy squeezing paint from tubes of ruby reds, heavenly blues, deep ocean ultramarines and forest emerald greens onto a clean palette in perfect rainbows.Okay not rainbows, that is overdoing it a bit
I can simultaneously lose and find myself behind my easel. The hours spent behind the easel are invaluable to the being of me.
The Dirty Dishes can Wait
We live in an impatient world today and I am not suggesting that I live a fast paced life! But I do find it a real challenge to find ‘me’ time, I think that we all do. Another enemy is guilt, do I deserve to spend valuable time on ‘indulging’ in my favourite hobby painting, or should I be busying myself with something ‘useful’? Perhaps the family’s laundry needs doing? I think not!
The Blank Canvas
Often I come face to face with myself in front of the blank canvas. There I am forced to delve into my psyche, sometimes with trepidation, at others, mysterious creativity bubbles out in colourful bursts.
My favourite subject at school was art – of course.Unfortunately the time I spent at University studying Fine Art I found unrewarding. Life got in the way of Art and my only creative productiveness for some years after was raising my five children. ‘Me’ time was only a mirage on the horizon.
My Yellow Brick Road
On my journey to find my inner artist I chose instead to follow the endeavours of various artists over the years with great enthusiasm, admiration and at times with awe. Many have inspired me and I have been fortunate to have been tutored by some great artists. I hope that I never reach a destination and that there will always be new and exciting things to find on my journey of art discovery.