Every painting comes with a story
How did I get from this
"Where there is Smoke"
The inspiration and meaning behind “Natural Rhythm” comes from TWO sources. Serendipity and Knowledge.
The Inside Story…(serendipity)
The inspiration came as I looked out of my studio window while hard at work on my commission piece. It was a grey, drizzly day.
I noticed that a spray from our reticulation had left a circle of discolouration on my garden wall. I saw this as the glowing red hot sun of the fire season. Then I noticed that the damp on the wall left a ‘pattern of hills' rising up from the base of the wall and the long drips of moisture looked like trees...
I just happened to have a canvas the exact same dimensions waiting to come to life. I initially got all excited and thought it would look great in black and white using charcoals and conte crayons but it slowly became obvious that multiple glazes were what was needed as well as adding some intense inks for good measure, then I added the silk threads and felt and ribbon musical notes as the painting really wanted to ‘sing’.
The Outside Story…(knowledge)
Fire is one of nature’s essential elements without it there would be no life. Although sometimes we see it as catastrophic and devastating it also provides warmth, regeneration through germination and produces essential minerals that are returned to nourish the soil.
I often describe it as Mother Nature doing her housekeeping.
The textured area for the sun reflects its radiant energy that then flows in waves across the painting finishing with the notes representing the natural rhythm of nature.
This piece has turned out to be my key piece for a joint exhibition with the South of the Rivers Potters' Club titled "FIRE" featuring a curated collection of the clubs best work from the humble beginnings of "Glorious Mud" and up to 20 of my paintings on the wall to compliment their theme. I hope you are able to join us at the exhibition and this insight into my crazy thought process shows how easy it is to be creative if you let your imagination go and run with it.