I am so excited about how inspired I am at the moment in my painting. It is good timing what with my first solo show happening later in the year! I am well underway with the first few paintings now and those sketches and ideas that I had worked on last year are coming into their own in terms me having a clarity about the work I want to make for the show and the stories that I want to put across through the paintings.
It all began with this book. In the heart of the sea by Nathaniel Philbrick – a book I have read many times over the last years. I have probably bored everyone I know silly talking about my love of this book and the story it tells and I had to smile when I found out that it has just been made into a film for TV and now a major movie. The secret will be out as to how good it is (although I would be very surprised if they were anywhere near as good as the book which is flawless in my opinion.)
The main focus of the story is the whalers and the incredible journey they have to take as a consequence of a tragedy (I won’t give too much away) but the influence on my artwork came from a different part of the story – one that was not even mentioned in the TV version. That is – the women and families left behind. Those who wait, those who form a community of elders, women and children who live their lives for years not knowing if their loved ones are to return. I have probably blogged about it a few times over the years that I have been creating art inspired by this aspect of whaling life but I still feel I have so much to write (and paint) about this and so I will be blogging the development of the work over the next few months in the lead up to the exhibition.
So there it is. Just a small beginning and I shall look forward to writing more as time goes on.