Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm Not Ready

Here is my latest artwork completed just in time for the West Harbour Arts Charitable Trust Art Auction in September at Port Chalmers.

I wanted to mix some illustration work with painted images and see if I could get a retro feel to the work. The boy is drawn on brown paper and the paint colours are mustard and aqua blue.

Mixed media on board
24cm x 24cm

Here I'm asking questions such as:  - how many of us are not ready to change from what is familiar but still feel external pressure to do so?  - how many of us would rather jump into the blue with our eyes firmly closed rather than openly admit we are not ready to? - are some of us never ready and spend our lives never quite making the leaps and instead remaining stagnant? - And if we were to always wait until we are fully 100% ready to change, would we ever reach a stage of being fully ready?

I can also relate to this image because I myself am afraid of heights and I have crouched in the same apprehensive way on the end of a high diving board when I was young - and ultimately chickened out!

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