Sunday, 27 September 2009

Folk Art Children


The Folk Art Children seem to be taking up most of my painting time at the moment...as soon as one is finished then another one calls to me.
I seem to be preoccupied with this style of painting...it is very liberating for me as I usually do more precise watercolour techniques...with lots of detail...this is the time that I can be more free with my art and concentrate more on the colour and emotion within the picture, and not the minute detail.

One of the paintings...Poppy (no more war)...is full of colour and yet still seems drab...this was intentional, as she is trying to show how children suffer when the world is at war.
The landscape is bleak and so is she.
The poppies are used to commemorate war veterans so she is surrounded by stylised flowers, which match her outfit, in effect, she is also a poppy.
Deep red...beautiful and sad.
I still love her though.




Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Lonely Boy


I am working on a set of folk art, children's portraits at the moment.
Each one came into my mind with a desire to tell me about themselves...as art has a different meaning to each person...I don't like to say too much about the reason for creating something...but try to explain a little about why, in the titles.

One of them troubles me a little...it is called "Lonely Boy" I feel there is something in his eyes that he is trying to explain to me but I am not fully understanding him.
As the painting is a very naive style, I can't put too much in the way of detail into his portrait to help me gain an insight into his troubles.

I wonder if the people who see him will connect with him in a different way?