I sliced my thumb while cutting boards so was wearing bandages all week. I thought I'd paint the bandage but by then it had stopped bleeding so I stuck a pin in my thumb just to make sure it still hurt. I needed the red. Artists have to suffer for their art.
Well it was raining today and I couldn't photograph what I'd painted yesterday, so it seems a good opportunity to post this one. This is a commission I painted recently for a wedding anniversary, with the theme of fruit and flowers.
Why are plastic pegs invariably coloured pink? Pink is an awkward colour, I've never been sure about it, I have a love/hate relationship with pure pink. But I'm always more interested in colour combinations and relationships than in any individual colour by itself. Hot pink always seems to resonate well with Mars Yellow. Mars Yellow is a synthetic oxide which resembles the traditional yellow ochre - a natural earth. But it has subtle differences and I find it the perfect foil for pink. Anyway, I was also fascinated by the surreal quality of this peg standing like some kind of sentinel or monolith. What kind of people made it? What was it for?
I've prepared a few small linen panels for a change of surface to my usual gessoed hardboard. There is really nothing that can compare to painting on linen, it's a joy to paint onto, and it encourages a different handling and application of the paint. At the meagre price I can sell these paintings for, I can't really justify the expense of linen, however I have a few offcuts from larger paintings that I can use.
This was just a chance arrangement I spotted. I liked the sepentine movement of the dried grass straw against the static horizontal of the match. I guess you could kindle a fire with a match and enough straws.