Inspiration or Regret

January 2020

As I look through and read David Hockney’s catalogue of works with 325 illustrations and explanations tracking his lifelong experiments I find myself regretting missed opportunities that I have had to record through painting and drawing some of my life’s experiences. I have travelled to many countries throughout my life, something I am still lucky enough to do but not used them to their full potential. I have made several sketch books and had several ideas but never taken them any further into paintings or worked on them to achieve anything. I am trying hard to get out of the routine and habit of putting ideas off. Whilst I am away on trips I will try and paint and draw and discuss my ideas further. One idea is that of confidence. I have no idea what my paintings look like, I don’t know what my style is. I am away at the moment in Nassau, in the Bahamas and inspired by David Hockney’s water experiments I would like to experiment with skies, and water. I have brought my sketch book away with me and tried a few sketches so far of the sky. Non of which I am happy with. The process of using watercolour paints is very difficult. I cannot get the colours right because they are straight from the palette to the paper. My brush strokes are vulgar and amateur but I will keep trying. I may work over them as I get fresh ideas and more confident with the media I have brought with me.

Published by pamelacravendavies

I’ve always wanted to be an artist for some reason. What ever that means. Perhaps it means being paid to create art or creating art for yourself? I think it would make me happier to paint every day, to loose myself in the process of painting, drawing, making ! Only of course when I am enjoying it and it’s going well! 😇 I like beautiful things around me. I like colour, pattern and texture. I like history, I like to know what has happened in people’s lives, how they have coped with life and what they have done.

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