kate5kiwis: which is why i'm not a world famous artiste -


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Thursday, April 16, 2009

which is why i'm not a world famous artiste -

Mauao is the sacred mountain at

the entrance to Tauranga Harbour.

Its name, meaning ‘caught in the

light of the day’, comes from the

legend in which Mauao was once

a nameless mountain, spurned

in love by the beautiful mountain

Puwhenua. One night he begged the

fairy-like creatures of the forest

to drag him to the ocean and end

his misery. But the creatures fled as

the morning sun’s rays struck,

and he was transfixed on the spot.

I had this idea in my head - for my painting journal, I'd paint after the style of Nicolas de Stael. Mostly because he doesn't bovver with faces or minutiae. I'd use limited hues (which is art-speak for colours) and paint with a piece of card instead of a brush. I'd put Puwhenua inside the mountain -

she who will always be in the heart of Mauao,

even though she did not love him.

The idea looked really awesome in my head.

And then I painted it.

Um, I don't think I'll become a Specialist Art Teacher then.


Blogger jus said...

I've just found an awesome old frame, I've spent ages layering paint and sanding it back, I've got the perfect spot for it to hang but I'm not quite ready to put onto paper the missing link. I know exactly what I want it to look like but what if it doesn't? Yeah, I know...man up!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

It's so disappointing when we can't make the images in our heads come to life! You have created lots of beauty in your life, though!

2:22 AM  

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