Day 14: Mordant

Today’s song while painting is Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – Smile.


I started this one imagining I’d add sharp edges with yellow but I wanted to use up the red and white I had left from painting the night before. And then it turned all pink. And I thought to myself “What a cliché! On Valentine’s Day!”. But I left it alone. No yellow.

It doesn’t feel like I’ll ever be in the mood for painting sunny landscapes. Or maybe I’ll paint it to escape into somewhere else sometime. Every day is painful, maybe painting will help or maybe it won’t.

Day 11: I Love You

I’ve been listening to different singers doing “Send In The Clowns” over and over while painting this one. I accidentally heard it on a random Facebook video and felt moved, I guess it reminds me of how things seem right now or how I feel or something in that direction.


My favourite version of the song so far is the one by Barbara Streisand. Have I mentioned clowns make me really, really uneasy? So the song feels a bit ominous.

Calling the painting “I Love You” because, well, that’s what I painted. The real life version reminds me of pastels, there’s an unevenness that I want to keep. The painting is done in acrylics. This is all very Valentine’s Day but it’s not why I’m painting on that theme. It’s just on my mind.

Day 6: Valentine

It’s too early for Valentine’s Day but it what came out of the brushes. The tree I had in mind actually had a lot more white but I’m running out of that colour plus this tree wanted to be born, so plans changed. Although vday comes across to me as a bit of a strange day, love is on my mind, hence a tree.

I wanted a sort of mystical dimly lit place so there’s no forest, just a few supporting characters. As much as I usually enjoy metaphors and numbers, the extra trees are just there to balance it out. The significant part is much more the focal point tree and the colour choices, radical brightness, light and sharp, it’s sort of touchy but passionate.


Another painting is already whispering to me. It’s more naturalistic. We’ll see if I can still channel it onto the canvas tomorrow..

8×8 inches / 20×20 centimeter acrylic painting.


Happy Valentine’s!

Roses are red and you know what colour violets are and if we just talked more, maybe we’d now be in your car making out, right? Or perhaps if we really, really had a chat you and me and her would be at your flat, we’d be a trio with bite!   Yes, it’s not your usual love poem, but life isn’t often normal. Or mine isn’t. And in other news.. This guinea pig hamster rodent critter was my #colour_collective entry this Friday. The colour theme was Deep Naples Ochre, which to me is the colour of the stereotypical guinea pig.