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recent paintings and news

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day

in light, some early work

 warning, oil /cold wax on canvas, 26x48in
painted in 2000 in response to a poem by Jenny Joseph. There is a whole movement around this poem-which I dispute, as the meaning  of the words is non-conformity. In my humble opinion, women grouping  together  to dress up in purple goes against the very core of the message.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Jenny Joseph

This image was made in 1995. At that time I worked primarily with soft pastel.


Having said that, the image below was made in the same year..

 oil on canvas, 36x48in, 1999

1 comment:

  1. I think there are some very interesting stories to these early paintings - and am surprised you began with portraits and figures. I, too, feel like the Red Hat Ladies are missing the point of the poem! ha ha