Lately life has got in the way of my blogs. Then a little orange cup at the top of my dashboard told me it was my anniversary. I thought I had the blog for a few years but when I took a closer look it has been four. So, this is a blog of reflection in a way.
I started the blog as I had been contacted by someone wanting to buy one of my works. I had asked my talented artsy daughter to create a website for me, instead she said “You don’t want a website, you need a blog”. She knew I was a writer, my sketchbooks have scrawled notes just as much as scrawled drawings. My aim was just to have an online record of my paintings and drawings. It evolved into writing, quizzes, exhibition reviews and more so, a connection to the world through my passion for art.
Anyway, looking back at the very first blog, it was no writing, just a work “Black Blue Sign”. As an anniversary present I am going to smick up that first tentative blog and beef it up with some words.
This work was part of my Garage Sale series. It came at a time when I was sorting out what I wanted from paint. I was still using collage like material and testing out mixing paint. I had copper shavings I was using for sculptural works and mixed these into the black within the work. It was hung in an exhibition with other works from the series. Somebody remarked at the opening they could see Jesus in the top left corner. Someone else had bought it and then swapped it for another painting not in the exhibition. I then sent it to a gallery and it was sold from there. I don’t know where it lives now and often wonder if the copper within the paint has altered the colour.
If you are out there and it is hanging on your wall, thanks for liking it enough to take it home and let me know if the black is now a coppery green.