So things have changed here, and, as my secret Santa printmaker friend says, I must ‘make art fast’. Here’s a brief of what is going on. I have very elderly in-laws, and my dad-in-law is in hospital for an indefinite time, and mom-in-law is home alone. So what used to be ‘art days’ are now broken up with a friendly visit and checking in on her. Some minor chores, some shopping, some worry, some conversation, and then I play guitar (rather badly; I haven’t been at it 6 months yet) but she’s fairly deaf and it’s more to pass the time and fill the pauses in conversation than a concert of any kind.
While all art is a reflection of the artist, art is also a reflection of their life. I couldn’t paint the forests of my region if I didn’t spend a huge amount of time there. And now, I’m spending time with my mother-in-law. She has a very big fat black cat (named Rambo). In her ‘younger’ days, we used to complain bitterly of the cruelty of overfeeding an animal into obesity, but Rambo is a ‘working’ cat, keeping an elderly couple company 24/7 and I suppose the obesity goes with job. She loves animals, and so I have to bring Dynamo, my German Shepherd dog. While she gets along with my own three cats, she does get overly excited in the presence of Rambo and needs curbing. With the frequent visits she is beginning to settle down. I can’t help but see the graphic possibilities of these two creatures interacting, black and black, small and large, obese and lithe and so the images have crept into my 365 art card project.
And, as it was Dad-in-law’s 90th birthday yesterday I made this poster from one of them.
That’s it, I have some print making to day, then visiting. For those of you who emailed me with your support. Thank you so much! It means so much to me to read your words and feel your support. Sorry, simultaneously in advance and belatedly for my late response (which hasn’t happened yet). I’m a juggler of time right now and the previous sentence is looking oddly quantum.