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The Pink Hat, nearly completed. 18 May 2016

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A quote for today : ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home’ .

When I am in my studio space I completely cut myself off from the world, with or without music in the background. I need this space for myself, my body space, my privacy. Without it, I can’t really function properly and find it almost impossible to start a new work, let alone finish it.

But then to mention another quote by Frida Kahlo: ‘At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can’.  Hmmmm, not sure about that one at the moment …

It’s a difficult balance sometimes getting it right as an artist; we need to be alone in order to create, but we also need the social interaction with other artists/people, otherwise we can feel very isolated and go into a downward spiral of negativity.

To The Pink Hat now.  I felt the blues of the pool were overwhelming the painting too much and the wall our lady was leaning on was too grey in tone. The hat looked bland and generally speaking,  I wanted to  throw the work out the window…

However, I have battled on as always and am now pleased with the composition.  The water is much lighter in tone having introduced softer highlights of turquoise and the feet now do look as though they are under the water. The wall is also lighter on tone and I have introduced what my old tutor would say are ‘spirited touches’ to the hat, dabs of pure colour over the pink. The overall effect pleases me – at last – and I am nearly done.

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