Circles 2

As before, though image taken later – flowers more open. Don’t want to use Aquapasto anymore, I prefer plain water, for me it feels more free. Whilst doing the sketch I was thinking of egg shapes for each of the flower heads, so wanted to change the title to (synesthesia I meant to write…) ‘synthesis’, but O said no.

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Circles 1

The Amalgam picture reminded me a little of Klee, part-image, part- abstraction and the circles created by the eye of the peacock feathers, so when I saw some Ranunculus I thought I would continue with the circles. It became a Colour Liberation exercise.

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Amalgam 1

Lichens and a peacock

The picture I took of a peacock wandering around at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was not too clear, but I wanted to paint those colours, so I chose a picture of some lichen and will try to amalgamate them. I have tried this in the past and have found it tends to be more successful if I don’t just ‘borrow’ the colours but also some other characteristic, hence the vague shape of the peacock as well as some of the colours. Lichen itself is an amalgam, loosely, it consists of algae and fungi, in a symbiotic relationship.

Notes: this combination is quite tricky – 1) the image of the lichen had dark and light reversed so I eventually flipped and reprinted – 2) the peacock tail has a fullness that the lichen does not possess and which is important to me – tone helps to define this, so I reprinted the black and white image having increased the contrast.

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Allifuntee

Elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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When a Child is Born

When a Child is Born is a  Christmas carol, it tells us:
…”And all this happens because the world is waiting,
waiting for one child; black, white, yellow, no one knows,
but a child who will grow up and turn tears to laughter,
hate to love, war to peace, everyone to everyone’s neighbour,
misery and suffering will be words to be forgotten”…
I believe we can all be that child, each and every one of us, insofar as it is possible for us to achieve that.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (p 245) J.K. Rowling writes “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
It is by our choices that we can choose to be that child, if we want to, insofar as we can.

N.B. Sorry about the delay in posting. My fault. Router got unplugged somehow but still looked on.

The Bactrian Camels from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for a nativity theme.

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There’s a Light (Fauve)

Deer enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Having enjoyed the slightly abstract colours of the Rhinos, I played around with the colours of the image (with picture manager) of the deer enclosure to make the most of the fauve/fauvist allusion, though not entirely. Colours are Aureolin, French Ultramarine, Permanent Rose, Burnt Umber and Hooker’s Green Dark. With Aquapasto Medium.
19.12.17: The tube paints I was using were too intense, so I went back to the pans and half pans, which I find easier to use with the Aquapasto.
20.12.17: The colours are much more vivid, so am adding Magenta to make a more lurid Pink and Prussian Blue to the skyline.
21.12.17: The Hooker’s Green in my pan was not ‘Dark’ like the one in the tube so I changed it to Winsor Green (Blue Shade), mixed with Burnt Umber.

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A Stubbornness of Rhinos

Three White Rhinos at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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