Friday, 24 March 2017

Paint Party Friday - For the Forgotten



Time does fly. It doesn’t seem like a week has passed since my last PPF post. It’s been a busy week, too.  We’ve been clearing out a mass of clutter that we, somehow,  managed to accumulate.  There were boxes of toys which my daughter doesn’t play with anymore, clothes that no longer fit, shoes which have seen better days and other bits and pieces that we can’t even remember buying.


It was with a touch of regret that many of my daughter’s old toys were donated to the charity shop, but she is growing up and lots of the items she once cherished she now considers, to put it in her words, stupid. Life moves on and so must we.


Anyway, my wife had a good rummage around in the attic (I can’t make it up the ladders anymore), and among the things she discovered was a dust-covered cardboard box. When I opened it, I got the biggest surprise I’ve had in a long time. Inside were my old notebooks, diaries and a collection of paintings and drawings I worked on several years ago. Some are quite bad, some aren’t just so bad, but I’ve decided to share one that I quite like.


I think it has a haunting resonance; hence it’s title, For the Forgotten.



Despite our spring clean, I did manage to do some sketches in my journal. I find filling the pages of my art journal gives me a sense of creativity, which I somehow lost over the past few months. Or to put it another way, I think working on my journal has given me my ‘mojo’ back. I’ve started to fill a notebook with ideas for articles and short stories and I feel a positivity running through me that I have not felt for years. I feel like I’m on my way back to the place I belong. So I’ve decided to call the sketch below, Homeward Bound.


Hope you like it. Have a smashing weekend. 

  

  This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

28 comments:

  1. Fantastic art, love both pieces. That face is really haunting. Have a good weekend, Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Hi, Valerie-Jael. Thank you for commenting. Glad you like my pieces.

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  3. I love the haunting look on that face. So lovely. And I love the sky in Homeward bound. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Faye, for commenting and for your kind words. Very much appreciated.

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    1. Hi, Lorraine. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to comment. Glad you like them, I have difficulty painting eyes to my own satisfaction.

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  5. they are both atmospheric and really wonderful! TFS and happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, for visiting. Your comment is very much appreciated. Glad you like them both.

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  6. that is a beautiful painting! Love the haunted look in her eyes, and the title is perfect. So happy your wife stumbled upon it in the attic. It's way too beautiful to be hidden there. It's great that journaling brought back your mojo! I love that feeling running through me when I'm really getting into art. There's nothing like it. It's a great symbolic title for your lovely journalpage too!

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    1. Hi, denthe. Thank you so very much for your wonderful comment. It's along time since I felt this way. It's a fabulous feeling to be 'in the groove,' doing the things that I enjoy so much.

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  7. When children begin "growing up" baby toys aren't that important to them anymore. Little do they know or understand what they mean to their parents. We cherish everything they played with or learned from and would keep everything that was ever held in their tiny hands. "Precious memories" to us becomes "stupid" to them. I understand what you are feeling...I have four children, all adults of course. But now I am going through it all over again with grandchildren and great-grandchildren :)
    What a delightful treasure that was found in the attic!!! "For the Forgotten" is hauntingly beautiful and the title is perfect!!!
    Homeward bound is so lovely...again a great title!!!

    Happy PPF inkslinger!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jan, for taking the time to comment. It is heartbreaking, but at the same time a wonderful experience to watch one's children mature toward adulthood. We kept a few of the toys, just for keepsakes. If I had room I would have kept them all. Children grow up so quickly that one hardly notices the years go by. I treasure every moment we spend together. So delighted you liked my art.

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  8. What a treasure you found in that box.. you must be thrilled to have a gander back to another time! Gorgeous face, although forlorn.. Beautiful journal page too!! Purging always brings newness... you won't regret it!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Hi, Giggles. Looking through the box brought back many memories, while the clear out has left me feeling refreshed. Glad you liked my pieces and thank you for commenting.

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  9. Wow so glad you unearthed this treasure, a beautiful painting!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Yes, I'm glad my wife found that box. There is plenty of old projects in it that I can take inspiration from.

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  10. Ohhh I really love this face. She is hauntingly beautiful. Your second piece is a place I would like to be. Both beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Nicole. When I painted that face I did not see anything in it that I liked, but now I've looked at it through a fresh pair of eyes I see it from a different perspective. I quite like it.

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  11. Lovely artwork. I especially love the beautiful sky in the landscape. Capturing atmoshphere.

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    1. Hi, June. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I really enjoy painting skies that way, so I'm thrilled you like it.

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  12. I love the movement of the sky...I'm thinking it's snowing, but I live in the 'frozen north' as we call it in northeast US. Your sketch really evokes emotion.

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    1. Hi, Lyn. Thank you for commenting. Glad you find some emotion in the painting.

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  13. I do believe your wife finding your old journals was meant to be at this time in your life John, just as you needed a lift in positivity... there it was!
    The painting you've shared is wonderful, I love the title and my goodness there's such expression and depth in her face.
    I also love your Homeward Bound, it's so touching.
    Cheers and Happy PPF... welcome too, it's a wonderful place to gather :D)

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  14. Thank you, Sue. Yes, I do believe there was a touch of synchronicity going on when my wife stumbled upon my old work. Glad you found both paintings enjoyable.

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  15. I love seeing your old art work and your journal page is quite beautiful! So glad you found the time to be creative!

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    1. Hi, Laney. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to comment. Really pleased you like both pieces.

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  16. Wonderful!! I love the melancholy feel of your old work, and the journal page is sparkling!! I think a sketchbook is a great place to let creativity fly :)

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    1. Thank you, Tammy. Glad you like it. I enjoy working in my sketchbooks. It gives one a great sense of freedom.

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