This tiny postage stamp sized miniature was a commision for someone who wanted a small painting of the Mountain. It was to be painted on a 60x60mm size support to fit a specific frame, but the image size to be only 40x40mm! I found it quite a challenge painting this subject at that scale. It occurred to me that painting on that tight scale is a bit like a sport such as shooting. It's a combination of intense concentration, controlled breathing and muscle control. When you get a critical brushstroke in just the right place it's like scoring a bullseye!
I aquired two "new" old blue bottles and this is the first painting of them. No doubt they will feature in future compositions! I do like blue glass bottles and always enjoy painting them. I understand that blue bottles were always conventionally used for poison products. They don't have that conotation for me when I paint them.
Just a snippet of news for any local followers of my blog. I will be giving a talk on this painting a day project at the Real Tart Gallery in New Plymouth this evening April 16, at 7 pm. All welcome!
As an artist who spends all his time looking at things, I am fascinated by the evil eye superstition. The idea that people can unintentionaly bestow a curse on a person by looking with envy at something they have. This symbol of an eye in a hand is supposed to ward off the evil eye. I felt the sharp point of the pin made an uncomfortable juxtaposition with the eye!
As of today I have been doing this project for one year now. So I felt I should celebrate the occasion somehow. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all those people who have supported and encouraged me to keep going. Thankyou.