Weird is the new normal

Occhio – Eye, 2020, 66 x 80 cm, Acrylic on rolled canvas

The older I get, the more I learn to just be myself. Hidden away somewhere, there is still this shy, awkward girl who is starting to emerge on a canvas. That canvas is now big and loud and well, dare I say, even a bit weird.

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, girls were taught to speak in hushed tones and stand up straight. High heels and lipstick opened doors. Not strong opinions and pink hair. I wanted to be Cyndi Lauper but my mom had other ideas and nice girls didn’t dye their hair blue and pink and get tattoos.

I was in constant conflict with rock and roll desires and singing in a band and then trying to make people take me seriously and like me. No wonder I was so confused! Times have changed and I am so inspired by the young women of today who are embracing their loud voices and fierce uniqueness.

Above is another new painting by me. I am no longer afraid to post the weird ones but am starting to celebrate them. Who knows what will come next. All I can say is that I am looking forward to it.

Note: Some, but not all paintings are for sale. PM me for affordable price details.

Inspiration carries a mighty sword

If you asked me which tool I preferred I would have a really tough time answering that question.

Some days my fingers fly across the keyboard at lightening speed and I think writing must be my passion but then I am distracted by something inside me that only canvas and paint can reach.

Creativity is something that pushes and pulls me in ways that I never thought possible. Inspiration is not always a beautiful sunset or blooming flower. I have learned that deep sadness, heartache and pain are also inspirations.

The year 2020 cut into me like a sharp blade long before the Covid pandemic arrived on the shores of Italy.

During our mandatory lockdown up to today, September 1, 2020, I have painted about 30 new paintings. I have worked on cataloguing them and am sharing them all here in this post (there are more but I seem to paint faster than I can post them). Some are for sale, some are not…if you are interested in a print or original we can have a chat.

All paints are Acrylics, I hope you enjoy them…

Day 13

This was inspired by a request from a friend. He asked me to paint something from the archives of 1916 by Canadian artist Tom Thomson. I loved how the bright oranges contrasted with the blue sky and river and the dark hill and foreground really make the other colours pop out at you. I am inspired to do more with this colour palette in the future…

Day 11

Yes, I am way behind schedule and gave up on trying to catch up! I did paint yesterday, but I didn’t like how it turned out so I trashed it. Oh well, will try to get back on track but no promises since life has a way of getting sidetracked now and then.

Here is the latest which was inspired by a post in Pinterest so I cannot take any credit for originality but it was fun to paint…