While I enjoyed a previous painting I had done, I decided to take drastic action and paint over it. I needed to let loose so threw paint on this canvas time and time again (good therapy actually) until I saw this field of flowers begin to emerge. I have included in the pictures below a quick cartoon that explains the painting much better than my words possibly could.
My wondrous weeds of joy! We don’t get to choose what life throws at us, most of the time, but we can choose how we see it. This is another one that definitely looks better in real life, check it out up close.
91.5 x 91.5 cm Acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang
When I painted this I was desperate for stress relief and to throw some paint on a canvas. As I was doing this, I was thinking about my boys and the obstacles they faced in life. They both have things that make them different than others and at times this has made life difficult for them. This painting evolved into a statement to them: that what makes them different also makes them interesting. This painting is all the better for that one flower that sticks out. Hopefully, when people see this artwork and they also realise that what makes us different makes us and life all the more interesting.
122 x 122cm Acrylic painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang
I love throwing paint on the canvas and seeing what happens and what I see in amongst the mess. I then paint out what I see. It is a fun process and forces me to think creatively. This painting is on unstretched canvas so will require a frame 21 x 29.7 cm
I love doing splatter paintings, where I just create by throwing and pressing and then let it dry and see what the painting wants to be. At the time of doing this my son (I would read some with him) was reading Anh Doh’s , “The Happiest Refugee”: I was really taken by this book and the hope it was filled with. Anh and his family left Vietnam under terrible and trying circumstances, but they made a great life here and our country is better off for having him here. When I painted my splatter painting, all I could see was these refugees, or this journey, from pain and difficulty towards hope. 101.6 x 101.6 cm