Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ballerina Bottleneck
Oil on linen on MDF board
This was one of those images that I've been thinking about for a long time. The pink ballerina is actually I think one of those novelty erasers that my daughter collected when she was a little girl. On a whim I had stuck it in this little bottle and the image resonated with me. As is usually the way with me, I put off actually painting it at that time and it's been sitting on my studio shelf for months now. I probably put off certian paintings because I realise they have a certain power and potential and as soon as I commit them to canvas that potential is dissapated. This painting was no exception. It feels like a missed opportunity. Often the paintings that I'm most happy with are the ones I have no expectations for. And that was one of the reasons I started this painting a day project. It's been a great relief for me to just paint simple uncomplicated subjects that require little thought. Kind of like a much needed holiday!


  1. Anonymous9:12 PM

    please paul you ned a break go on a holiday even if it to meet the wisard i did just that and i feel better not perfect but have more zing in me enjoy the southeners x x x

  2. Ooo..kay... thanks for your concern...

    Paul - backing slowly out of room ....

  3. Anonymous1:50 PM

    Hi Paul,
    Keep it up! I love the simplicity of these little gems. I resonate with what you are saying about finishing a work and procrastinating when starting another. Cheers, Lee