The Last 100 Days
Our world has changed so much over the past three months. This mini retrospective of some of my drawings and paintings, attempting to reflect the tumultuous times we have been living through, show moments of gratitude, heroism, loss, remembrance, inspiration, and protest. Let us hope that at the end of the next 100 days we can all be looking forward to the change that is so desperately needed, as we remember John Lewis and Rev. CT Vivian, two icons of the Civil Rights movement who died on 17th July.
Five years ago today I posted a similar retrospective of the then previous 100 days in the studio. My paintings reflected a very different world for me as you will see if you visit Studio 365: Day 200
Today’s painting was inspired by seeing those close up images of the sun released today by NASA captured by the agency’s Solar Orbiter.
The Message – New York – 9.7.20
water-colour/acrylic painting 36″x28″ – 15.7.20
Work in progress today, i.e. evolving
Seemed like a good idea to look back 4 years ago today to my post evolved from nothing
Chapter 7 in Tony Smibert’s Painting Landscapes from your Imagination is all about composition.
“Whether drawn as a crisp outline or sketchy…the result is the same:
a landscape which you evolved from nothing; and only a beginning to the possibilities”
This was certainly the case today particularly using the “Three Line Sketch”, which Tony describes as his “secret weapon…the ultimate planning tool for watercolour.”
Juneteenth 2020 19.6.20 Acrylic on paper 24″ x 36″
Inspired by the words of President Obama and in support of those marching for Equality, Justice and Freedom in New York and across America today, including here in Vancouver.
“Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there’s cause to hope for tomorrow’s light.” Barack Obama, 2016.
three’s a party 12.6.20
“But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party” – Andy Warhol
(with apologies for the lack of social distancing)
and remembering Orlando four years ago with my post I am Orlando.
Letting the paint lead the way in the studio today.
No agenda, no direction, just letting the colours march across the paper today and hoping for the best. They didn’t let me down.
For National Dance day
Inspired by the always sublime Maria Khoreva, first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet.
Also an opportunity to revisit a post from three years ago
Dance Studio July 25 2017
for the love of dance continued in the studio this afternoon
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” Martha Graham