THE WILD ONE
60 x 40 cm – Prismacolors and archival pen.
I live in a conservative part of the world, was brought up in a conservative family and I led a conservative working life. Since I retired 7 1/2 years ago, I have been anything but ‘conservative’. The freedom that greeted me after leaving my career as an art teacher has encouraged me to pursue a number of directions, the main one being to become a successful artist. When is one successful? Is one ever really successful? What is success? Whatever the answer, I’m having a good time exploring my retirement options.
My art has recently become anything but conservative. In fact, it doesn’t compare at all to my mainstream work. Why is this?
Lately I have felt quite ‘liberated’. I don’t sell my work in huge volumes and with that in mind I decided to explore areas that were hitherto ‘out of bounds’. The result?
Looking at today’s photo of my latest painting gives you a snapshot of where I’m currently at. Frankly, I’ve thrown caution to the wind and gone off on a tangent that is a bit foreign to me, but one that I’m enjoying. My current thinking has its origin in the landscape of Central Australia. The colours are wild, the thinking is wild (for me) and the outcome is a bit wild. I think there’s a ‘wild one’ inside all of us, we just need the time and place for it to appear!
I won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks as I will be in Cairns (my second home). Part of my time will be teaching at the annual Cairns ArtEscape. I will post a report next month.