Friday, 31 March 2017

Paint Party Friday - Colour



I love colour. All week I’ve been experimenting with bright, vivid colours in my journal. Some folk reckon it’s a bit quirky for a male of the species to be so fond of colour. But I do, and that’s all there is to it.


Back in the day, when all the other kids were listening to music by The Smiths and The Cure and had neatly cropped hair, I was listening to stuff by the likes of The Small Faces, The Who and even Donovan. I had bell- bottom jeans and sported hair half way down my back.


I remember the wonderful artwork on the album covers and how colourful they seemed to be. I was drawn to this type of imagery from an early age and it is something that has stuck with me. It’s funny how those early years manifest themselves later in life. My wife says I’m having a second childhood. But who cares? The world we live in today can be a very dark and frightening place at times. So why not enhance  people’s life by adding a little colour.


My two pieces for PPF this week are a couple of fun artworks, which I hope you enjoy.


The first is ‘At Peace,’ while the second is ‘Lollipop Bloom.’




This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

35 comments:

  1. Hi there John, great to see your colourful art... so easy to feel your love for it. The world would indeed be a gloomy old place without the joy of colour. You're obviously someone who marches to the beat of his own drum and whose life is all the richer for it. Cheers and Happy PPF :D)

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    1. Hi, Sue. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I find it very difficult to dance to someone else's tune, and rarely do.

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  2. Both are gorgeous, but Im in love with that face. Happy PPF hugs Valerie

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    1. Thank you, Valerie-Jael, for taking the time to comment. Glad you like them.

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  3. Lively paintings ❤
    Happy weekend 🌷

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    1. Thank you, sirkkis. Your comment is much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, Clare, for visiting and for your kind comment. Very much appreciated.

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  5. I LOVE color too! Your paintings are vibrant and colorful and you should keep painting them:) Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda. Thank you for commenting. I really enjoy this style of painting, and I might just take your advice.

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  6. John, I love both of these colorful pieces of terrific art!!! There are no rules that say men cannot like color and use it in their artwork! You just be yourself and enjoy being a talented artist! BTW...I do remember those colorful album covers. My hubby still has a few albums I believe. He was giving them to our 18 year old grandson who loves vinyl records~

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Really pleased you like them. I do enjoy colour and my recent journey back into art has helped me expose what I truly like. I like colour and I'm proud of that. Oh, vinyl. I just love it. It makes music more of an experience than CD's and downloads.

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  7. Both of your paintings are wonderful in such gorgeous bright colors.

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    1. Thank you, Faye, for stopping and taking the time to comment. Glad you find them enjoyable.

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  8. I have been told some of my art is "childlike" So I, too must be in my second childhood. Your paintings speak to me with their vibrant color and design. Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I've heard it said that inside everyone there is an artist child. Unfortunately, not everyone is brave enough to unleash the artist child.

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  9. I love color too! Your art is amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Julie, and thank you very much for your kind comment. Very much appreciated.

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  10. We're all healthier if we add color to our lives. I hope you have 2nd, 3rd and 4th childhoods. Your line work is energetic, too.

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I too believe colour can bring a sense of well-being.

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  11. Beautiful artwork! I have always been a freak for colour long before it was fashionable. Many men today love colour and they truly are the special few! We were indy kids back in the day when others were the mainstream....we just didn't know it!! There is even golf apparel that is wild and colourful these days!! You are not alone, many men love colour it's quite evident on instagram!! Embrace that second childhood...or maybe just accepting the true you!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Hi, Giggles, and thank you. Nowadays, even the supposed 'indie' has gone mainstream. People look like clones and the worse thing is they all want to look the same. There are still a few folk, however, that are willing to stand out and do their own thing. For me, I think it's a case of rejuvenation. I've been ill for so long, but now I'm beginning to have some fun again.

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  12. I hear you! I find that bright happy colours really lift my mood, and I'm always drawn to art with bold colours. Love both of your pieces, the first one is indeed peaceful, and the second one brings spring to mind :-)

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    1. Thank you, denthe. I'm drawn to bright colours too. They really do lift one's mood. Or maybe I was a butterfly in a previous life.

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  13. These are lovely. The details and designs are a joy to see.

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  14. I would like also to say that i also enjoyed Donovan and now you make me want to listen to his music. I still wear long hair.

    These do remind me of some of the old album art. So fun and alive. Peace and flower power. Lovely weekend to you!

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    1. Thank you, Tammie Lee. The secret is out. Psst, I still listen to him as well.

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    1. Thank yo, Christine, for your kind comment.

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  16. Hi John, those were certainly the days of bright colors, wild designs and the love and happiness came through. Just as it does with your art today. I still have some of my albums. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Different times indeed. Much brighter than all the gloom and doom nowadays. I still listen to mine; a bit scratchy now but it adds to the effect. Thank you for visiting and for commenting.

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  17. I love your story behind your colourful artwork. Thanks for stopping by for PPF

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    1. Hi, Carol. Thank you for commenting. I think most art has a story behind it. We take inspiration from the past, present and future. It's what you do with the inspiration that counts.

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  18. interesting artwork. It is beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you for you kind comment. Very much appreciated.

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