Well, having gained the courage to set up the fundraiser to pay the fee to exhibit in the M.A.D.S. Milano International Contemporary Gallery Exhibition ‘Phìlo-Poèm’, I was completely blown away and incredibly overwhelmed by the response! The kind generosity and support I received by so many was way beyond my expectations, I had in fact not even contemplated actually hitting the target, I simply thought if I didn’t try I would regret it. However, not only did I receive enough donations to meet my target but I actually exceeded it! Which meant that I could not only submit to the exhibition in Milan but I could also buy the art materials I had been unable to afford in order to develop the project I am currently working on! It was absolutely incredible!
The piece I have currently exhibiting in the ‘Phìlo-Poem’ exhibition is…
Framed and Mounted Original Watercolour Painting
From the ‘Fantasy Land’ series
A3 size Watercolour Paper and Liquid Watercolour Paints with clear gloss varnish seal and finishing sprays.
Framed in an A2 size Frame with A3 size Mount
This piece is one of the first of a series I call ‘Fantasy Land’. In which I explore my love and passion of intense vibrant colours, the textures, marks, blending and bleeding effects I can create during the physical process of creating. ‘Fantasy Land’ emerged from my subconscious autonomic artistic meditation, which I dove into, to escape, during my illness/recovery. Art has and always is, my only therapy, my voice, my escape, my fantasy and this is my ‘Fantasy Land’. Parallel to this project I have an art journal which is essentially my diary, my truth, thoughts, emotions, honest, raw, brutal reality. I release all of this in image form and later, can look back at it and articulate how and what it was I was thinking and feeling. Simultaneously, I need to escape from the brutal reality, which is how I found my ‘Fantasy Land’ series. My happy place. My alternative reality, with no rules, where anything goes, where my mind doesn’t think, my creativity just takes over. Images appear to me as I draw or paint into the colourful explosions, with no real planning or international preconceived or rehearsed compositions. It’s just like when you were a child and you lay on the grass with your friends looking up at the clouds, studying the shapes until the forms suddenly start jumping out at you, a dog, a dragon, etc. The creative imagination takes over, ‘Fantasy Land’ unfolds its own imagery, its own magic, its own realm of reality, serenity, and beauty.
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My wings are spread,
But the wind knocks me down,
I’m struggling to fly,
Fear pulls me down,
Philosophy and poetry,
Who was it,
I used to be?
Who was it,
You used to see?
Who is it,
That you say is me?
Why can’t I see,
That version of me?
The one everyone else can see?
I try to change the things in me,
Which I feel are wrong or damaged in me,
But what if all those parts of me,
All of me,
Real version of me?
If I kept it all?
All those parts of me?
The broken parts of me?
The – not working so good – parts of me?
The true, honest, raw, bruised version of me?
And I learned to accept all of me?
To appreciate all of me?
To love all of me,
Would I sore through the colourful skies again?
Would I fly high in the notion,
Of colourful love and creative devotion?