Hope springs eternal…
The worst thing about winter in Cowaramup? The friggin’ COLD, man!! We live in a draughty farm house with little insulation, and rely solely on a pot belly stove for heating.
Every year I know this weather is coming, and every year I swear I’m going to escape for three months at least.
Grrrrr, it’s like winter sneaks up on me or sumfink. Every single year I get annoyed that I haven’t planned my getaway. Every. Single. Year.
I was lucky enough to get away just recently though… In fact, I’m just home from a three week vacay in sunnier climes, (a week in the Gold Coast (running my 1st half marathon!!), Brisbane and Sydney), I think I’d be pushing it to leave home again so soon.
The downside to holidays, though is that having glimpsed the warmer climates on the east coast, and I’m piiiinnnniiiing for Spring.
I want my fingers to move normally again! I want to open me heart to the sky and let the sun warm me to the bone. I want to swim, to frolic, and to not light the damn fire every day!
And so, with the intention to “entice Spring”, I celebrated my “hope springs eternal” mentality and painted this little cracker. The concept has been borrowed from another artist (who I’ve lost track of sorry!), but the style is one that is emerging as “mine” — lots gestural strokes giving an expressionistic impression combined with vivid colours and symbolic patterning. And layers. Always, the layers.
The piece got so much attention sitting in my portfolio, I decided to get it framed. Dunja at the Frame Shed in Cowaramup selected an Italian hardwood frame, white on the front and slate grey on the sides, which is exquisite. I wish you could see it in real life — you will love it!
❤ Anita Revel
PS This is week 30’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015… Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.
PPS Wanna buy THis piece? You can!
Original: 42×52 cm, acrylic on canvas, FRAMED, $375 including postage within Australia