Wow, another birthday, another year for me. And I am feeling really good.
I’ve always wanted to see how some of my pictures would look if they were displayed properly, so this is my birthday present to myself. I used metallic ink pens to create these pictures but I also have a small collection of HB pencil and crayon art.
As my birthday fell on a Tuesday (yesterday) I will keep on celebrating until the weekend as I’m working my way through my Chocolate Brownie Birthday Cake.
I’m so glad that my children had the sense to buy ‘Happy Birthday ‘ candles, last year the heat from all candles was something else, I thought the smoke alarm would go off.
This is one of my earliest pieces, so early that I had forgotten about it. I was sorting out some of my old artworks and found this picture in a folder. I remember snatching moments to draw as my children were much younger then. Those were the days when I could be working on two pictures at once, it was like I was running on an engine of creativity.
‘Eye of The Beholder’ is made up of Black, Green Red and Silver ink on neon yellow card.
I have no idea of what each picture will look like until I finish it. And even then, I don’t make an effort to name them. I have decided to call this one ‘Ah..NotOh’ to remind me to be more positive.
I am trying to be the sort of person who greets every day with a smile, not a groan and to greet every situation with an “Ah'” ( mind you though, this can get a wee bit tedious when wading through my inbox) but this seems to work. I use to say ‘”Ohh” a lot which was usually followed by “No” which in turn would affect my whole body language to one of despair or anger. I have never been able to start a picture when I am in my ‘ Can’t Be Asked’ mood. Once I hit that road, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to ” Abandon Hope All Ye That Enter Here” and ” If I’m Going Down, I’m Taking You With Me ” Now I am aware of why I feel that way I do, that this is due to a shortage of certain chemicals in my brain, I am less critical of myself and my art.
This is my second one of 2012 and is a celebration of colour. I bought a new pack of Signo Metallic Ink Pens as in my experience, these pens are the best for brightness and colour.And this experience was no mean feat either, I didn’t know that all the art shops in my local area of Lewisham and Bromley had closed down and I had to travel to the wilds of Old Kent Road.
I tend to work in stages, sometimes shapes just flow onto the page, usually aided by a good supply of Mike ‘n’ Ikes and at other times……nothing. The first image is where I came to a dead stop and felt that it was complete. After a while though, I couldn’t ignore all that blank space and decided to fill it in.
Heaven Only Knows is the name of this piece, as of all of my abstract metallic art, this one was the hardest to find a name for. I usually name my artworks on completion, I look at it and a name springs to mind. I did think of Mad But Pretty but didn’t feel comfortable calling it that.
I would really like to start drawing again. I just lost the glow, the oomph to create from my heart.I didn’t and couldn’t feel any artistic passion. Once I start a picture, I work on it on a daily basis or within a few hours, depending on the size. Now that I know why I feel the way I do, I can stop kicking myself with frustration and rage.