James Flynn


Contemplating curtains

Posted by James Flynn on October 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

It's been a while since I have found the time to update my progress on here, I have been very involved with the writing of my novel for a long time now.  But over the last few days I seem to have been taken over by an urge to get my charcoals out again and produce some new artwork.  

Artwork is always better when it reflects a piece of the artist.  I think it's great to look at a painting and see what kind of mood the artist was in, or try to read a certain message that they wanted to convey.  This is what was swirling around in my head earlier on when I was thinking about what I was going to paint.  I very rarely paint happy paintings.  More often than not, I tend to notice the negative spects of the world rather than the positive ones, and this is sometimes obvious to see with my work.  I suppose this is good because my mood is being projected onto my paintings and drawings, but the downside is that I put out a lot of depressing work.  Today was no different, and I tried to create a visual representation of the thing that I possibly ponder on the most.......death.

I wanted to come up with a painting that conveyed the torment of having a slightly overactive mind, and one that showed the way in which there is no avoiding the fact that we are all thrown into this life, and are all destined for the same inevitable fate.  I am fairly pleased with what I came up with, and I realised today that my work holds a certain abstract element to it.  I am not really into painting backgrounds onto my paintings rather I like to let my subjects fade out into the background, but this is sometimes the part that I spend the most time on, and struggle with the most.  Here it is, I decided to call it "Contemplating Curtains".

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