Monday, June 25, 2007

A Beautiful Time

Mother's Legacy (XVIII): Mia
March 2007/Reworked April 2007
Mixed media on canvas

This work recently sold to a mother to hang in her daughter's bedroom. I wrote to her & said...

I am so pleased that you will have the painting. I imagined it would hang in a child’s room as a type of blessing…so it has worked out perfectly. If you look closely you will see a piece of dressmaking tissue. It is a piece for the back of a garment. This references the way I liked to sleep as a baby & later as a child – on my front. The covering of the quilt with all sorts of colours, moons & stars is symbolic of the way in which a mother covers her child for sleep, tucking the child in with a story from colourful imaginary lands, & songs. Just a beautiful time that passes so quickly...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Deep are the Thoughts of a Child - Wyndham Glenconner

Soft is the Heart of a Child (III)
June 2007
Mixed media on canvas

Soft is the Heart of a Child (III) detail

Soft is the Heart of a Child (III) detail

Bitter are the tears of a child:
Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child:
Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child:
Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child:
Do nothing to harden it.

Lady Pamela Wyndham Glenconner

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tree of Life

Tree of Life (I)
June 2007
Acrylic on canvas

Tree of Life (I) detail

Tree of Life (I) detail

Friday, June 8, 2007

Very Loved Indeed

The Quilting (I): My Quilt
Nov 2004
Oil on canvas

If someone makes you a quilt you are very loved indeed.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Death of a Blogger

I was saddened to read of the death of blogger Dodderyoldfart, writer of the blog Rest Area 300m, aka Simon Lindsay. I enjoyed his humourous writing style. Through him I now have an appreciation of those who take care of our roads as he wrote about his observations as part of a small road maintenance crew looking after about 200km of SH3 on the West Coast of the North Island, NZ. I now see myself as a potential killer as I approach road work teams. Through him my eyes have been opened to the abstract qualities of road signs & markings. Thank you, Mr.D.

We often pass those men in the bright high-vis jackets, and give them not a thought.
I'm a working man too. A man in dirty overalls and steel-toed boots. I'd like to think that my working garb does not define me. Doddery's certainly didn't define him. He was well read, a thinker, a philosopher of the back-hoe.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Day by Day

Soul Hymns (X): Day by Day
May 2007
Mixed media on canvas

Panel 1

Panel 2

Day by Day detail

Day by Day detail

This piece has been made to hang at the head of a large bed, above the headboard.