Friday, December 30, 2011

incident starlings abandoned

Posted by Picasa In my archive today I come across this photograph of a painting which I did some years ago. It is one of a few pictures of which I am reasonably proud. It is called Incident on the Beach. Looking back on it I realise that it focuses, on my relationship with women and with beaches, both of which are important to me.  Perhaps that is obvious. I rather miss having it around.

Starlings in The Grove again. Today they occupy a different tree. Before seeing them I hear the gentle whistles and fluting sounds which so appeal. There are only a few today. Larger groups make more of  a din. I remember when  they used to take  over Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Nelson's Column and the trees in St James Park. I remember in particular meeting my friend Anna  by appointment on the steps of the National Gallery on one such day when the starlings were in charge. "They are making  a noise like breaking glass," she said.

On a pillar in front of a house in Mount Sion someone has abandoned a paperback. It is called Double Decker. It is by Jacqueline Wilson whom I know of  as a best-selling author of children's books. I pass it twice. On the first occasion it is closed. On the second I note that someone, or maybe the wind, has opened it exposing the title page. It is raining  and the paper is sodden.

4 comments:

Lorenzo da Ponte said...

You don't say why it isn't around. Perhaps you sold it for a huge sum and are therefore weeping a form of crocodile tears. Often such label titles don't work but in this case "incident" is quite precise; despite the fact that the faces are featureless they are, nevertheless, animated. Something has happened and the women have been affected. Quite an achievement.

marja-leena said...

Lovely colours and animated postures suggesting a bit of surprise or consternation on the part of the shorter females as they regard the taller one. Interesting to contemplate possible story lines here. I also had the same question as LdP.

Plutarch said...

I have noticed that from time to time Blogger deletes a sentence or a clause without my realising it. Originally, I wrote that I had sold the picture, some years ago, to someone with whom I was no longer in touch. There was at one stage a little dog at which one of the women was looking, but the picture was greatly improved when I painted over it.

Lucas said...

Joyce loves the painting of Women on the Beach and says to tell you she thinks it is beautiful.
I think it says a lot with great clarity of line and colour.

Joyce adds the shapes and colours are what she loves.