I only try to create when I am feeling inspired. Fortunately, that seems to be almost all the time. But the medium does change. From writing novels, short stories to poetry or sometimes on the wheel throwing pots or best of all canvas and brush… just lately canvas, shell and driftwood!
I don’t understand the idea of concentrating on one medium I would see that as a prison. It is a luxury to have the flexibility to move freely between forms of expression and I am forever in appreciation of taking that liberty.
My latest work shows an addiction for sticking shells on a canvas with a painted background. I love that shells are so freely available and often discarded as is the wood I find on the beach. It is funny how these beautiful things are only treasured after they have been fashioned and ordered. Can you find the beauty in a single mussel shell? … Oysters are more difficult!
I spent several months working on my latest painting, above. Although it is 1.5 x 1 meters I think I could now repeat it in a weekend. But it was the luxury of doing a little each day that I savoured. Letting the ideas come and permeate onto the canvas, not forcing the composition but letting it grow from the best moments of the day. Coming down to the painting each morning and seeing it afresh. Letting the emotion of each day, the best of the emotion and mixing it with the love and joy and the positive connections I had found during the day. Finding a way of mixing that all on to the canvas.
This canvas includes: Oysters and clam from Honfleur, Pacific and Atlantic mussels, Tiger Urchin Spines, Black Pen Mussel, Venetian Pearl shells and Purple Periwinkle.
Here is the creation sequence: