Taking as a starting point a little lino-print that I made in my first few weeks living in Lincolnshire in 1993, I applied it to a little A6 box canvas and reworked it in acrylics inc my very FAV Renaissance Gold by W&N. The gold's shininess is of course not visible here… I want this to be a centrepiece for my exhibition at Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln 3 – 10 Feb 2013.
On Friday I finished a small painting, 7 x 10 inches, a watercolour, called “The day that you told me…”
It shows a happy woman, eyes closed, smiling to herself, twirling her hair around her ring finger.
The thought “Happy hair day” was the starting point for this image, as opposed to the more usual “bad hair day” phrase!
I am trying to create positive imagery at this point in my life.
In contrast to this, I have chosen an image that I placed on my homepage recently on www.phyllismahon.com
titled The Emigrant, I can now begin to understand what it is about…
I drew this large pastel drawing in the few weeks before I left London on the last day of 1992 to live in Lincolnshire. It was a major event in my life and felt I was leaving all that I knew… a whole way of life that I had known for almost twenty years was about to come to an end. There was a feeling of trepidation and I couldn’t help but identify with someone many years ago who would have had to set sail to another continent maybe never to see family again…hence the dark sea and sky behind the woman who looks folornly out at us.
I have arrived at a happy place but it was a stormy journey!