‘Colour Works’ – Day 364/365 – R1900

‘Colour Works’ – Day 364/365 – R1900

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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Nearing the end I thought to paint some fireworks as a little pre-emptive colour hooplah for being almost done with this challenge.⁠
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I started painting the great puffs of colour in the sky and just could not get into it.⁠
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“Why is this not working for you, Andrea?” I asked myself. And as quick as lightning another part of me replied – ‘Because fireworks are too removed from nature’. (Yes, the chemical elements used are natural but the way they’re propelled into the sky with gunpowder is human-engineered).⁠
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Hmm. So I painted over it all and started again, tapping into nature’s own colour spectacle. Okay, this sky is a little Willy Wonka but none the less, it flowed, and therein lies the rub for me.⁠
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It’s SO easy to slip back into conventional associations or societally reinforced thinking structures. On the creative path, if you’re not questioning your why for stimulus often enough, you can quickly murky the source fire of your creativity. Of course, it’s fine to do so, but do it because you’ve decided to break your pattern, not because you’ve slipped unawares into the habitualness of life around you.⁠
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‘Written In The Stars’ – Day 363/365 -R2100

‘Written In The Stars’ – Day 363/365 -R2100

Sale Price of Triptych Original: R2100

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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Maybe when the great creator designed the universe the aurora borealis occurred when the pen leaked all over the dark parchment of the sky…⁠
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Sometimes a story like that helps me paint the things I see and feel with more fluidity.⁠

‘LaYears Of Living’ – Day 362/365 – R2100

‘LaYears Of Living’ – Day 362/365 – R2100

Sale Price of Triptych Original: R2100

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Derivative work created with permission from the photographer


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Sceneries like this are painted in layers to add depth. While I was adding my final circles around the sun before moving onto the midground trees, I realised the layers of a painting are not unlike the layers of life.⁠
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Each builds onto the next and you can’t go back and redo one no matter how badly you want to. ⁠
Often the fact that you might have needed to go back and make a previous layer brighter, or softer or more vivid only becomes clear once you’ve added the next layer on top.⁠

In both cases, I guess the experience to know how richly to saturate these things while you’re in the midst of painting or living them, comes with time.⁠

But regardless of how you’re choosing to live the layers of your present life, kids or no kids, footloose or fancy, settled or nomadic, take an adage from painting and give your life the grace to fluff it up and make some blunders.⁠
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My personal call is – if it feels right for you in the present – you shouldn’t view it as a wrong call down the line. ⁠
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I’m relieving future me of any and all rights to judge and berate past me. If the background is too saturated and the trees look wonky when I’m 80 years old and sitting on that rocking chair sipping over salted Bloody Marys then ‘oh well’ that’s the painting of my life and I reckon I would be honoured to have a painting, any life painting to gaze back on.⁠
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📸 an absolutely breathtaking inspiration photo by one of my favourite photographers @joehanlyy ⁠

‘Perennial Pilgrimage, 3 of 3’ Day 361/365 – Triptych R2450

‘Perennial Pilgrimage, 3 of 3’ Day 361/365 – Triptych R2450

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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“Pilgrims are persons in motion passing through territories not their own, seeking something we might call completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way. ” – H. Richard Niebuhr⁠
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‘Aurora Woods’ – Day 358/365 – R2100

‘Aurora Woods’ – Day 358/365 – R2100

Sale Price of Original: R2100

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Inspiration image: artist’s own


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Possibly my favourite place in the world (of what I have yet had the privilege to see ) – the woods in Aurora, where I’ve spent many a Christmas wandering with my cousins and uncle. It’s weird for me to not be in the snow at this time of year, but I can go there anytime with the shutting of an eyelid or the flick of a paintbrush.⁠
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I guess you can explore the whole world, every country, but once your heart has settled into places of love and family, they will forever be your favourites. Is that the definition of home – knowing where your heart feels at peace without needing to eliminate every other place? Probably also a clue to whom you decide to love…⁠
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Frohe Weihnachten to you all and Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating tomorrow.⁠
May you spend it with those you love and carry home in your heart always. 🌟⁠
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