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All Went Well

So after all of the secrecy, the reunion went well and part of a big family was reunited after many years.  It was so nice to see cousins and aunts that I hadn’t seen for years and for my mum to see her sisters again.  Have a look and see for yourself. 🙂

What’s your favourite colour?

Do the colours we choose, define us?  Here’s what Psychologists think, according to psychologytoday.com.  See if you agree, leave your opinion.

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Part of “The Queen and her Heart”, James Presley 2017

When people ask me “what’s your favourite colour?”  I don’t seem to find it as easy to answer as I did when I was a kid.  Then it was just a case of being a boy, so it has to be blue, the same as if you were a girl it was pink or purple.  Now, however, I look at colours in a completely different light, (or dark).  Colours are so much more than just colours associated with your identity.

But what’s really in a colour?  Do the colours we choose, define us?  Here’s what Psychologists think, according to psychologytoday.com.  See if you agree, leave your opinion.

Black. People who choose black as their favourite colour are often artistic and sensitive.  While these people aren’t introverts, they are careful with the details of their lives and do not share easily with others.

White. People who like white are often organized and logical and don’t have a great deal of clutter in their lives.

Red. Those who love red live life to the fullest and are tenacious and determined in their endeavours.

Blue. If blue is your favourite colour you love harmony, are reliable, sensitive and always make an effort to think of others.  You like to keep things clean and tidy and feel that stability is the most important aspect of life.

Green. Those who love the colour green are often affectionate, loyal and frank.  Green lovers are also aware of what others think of them and consider their reputation very important.

Yellow. You enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others.  Finding happiness comes easily to you and others would compare you to sunshine.

Purple. You are artistic and unique.  You have a great respect for people but at times can be arrogant.

Brown. You are a good friend and try your hardest to be reliable and dependable.  Flashy objects are not something you desire; you just want a stable life.

I guess my favourite colour is rainbow, because there are bits of everything in me.  To be quite honest, like writing it depends on the context.  What is beautiful in one painting or picture might not appeal to me in the slightest in another setting.

Questions I hate?????

As artists, what questions or statements make us cringe…?

I decided to start painting about 17 years ago, I don’t know how it happened, I just picked up a paintbrush and started.  After playing around for a couple of years I finally found myself, or did I?  All I know is that I love to paint.  It relaxes me, it’s therapeutical and most of all it’s me.  

Over the years I have had many exhibitions, publicly and privately.  These involved people coming to look.  Sometimes I just sat and listened and other times I had to participate.  I was asked many questions and heard many comments, so I thought I’d share some of the questions and comments or statements and why they have occasionally made want to scream or tell the person or persons to go away, less politely of course.

Number 1 – It has to be “How long did it take you?”  This is a “go away” answer.  Why is it so important?  Does the fact that a painting I did in a day now sits on the wall of a wealthy business in Plymouth, or a painting that took me ages to do is rolled up under my bed, make any difference?  Are you saying because what I do is abstract must have been quicker to do than a Van Gogh, so, therefore, is worth anything?

Did you know?  When Jackson Pollock was commissioned to do Mural for Peggy Guggenheim in 1943 that although the painting was just under 6 metres long and 2 metres tall, he completed it in one night.  The painting has a value of $140 million.

So, don’t ask me how long it takes me to paint something, or I’ll put the painting over your head.  That quicker!

Number 2 – “I could do that myself” or “My kids could do that”.  If this is so, why don’t you do it yourself, or get your kids to do it.  Go on I dare you. 🙂  If you think it’s so easy if you think there is no feeling involved, no conception of colour, space and mind, then fucking do it.

Number 3 – “It’s a lot for a painting.” Many people do not class art as a profession, so why should they get paid for their hobby?  Well, just a little information, art for me is not a hobby, it’s a passion, something I love to do.  If I sold cars for a living, so I do it as a hobby, or perhaps I have a passion for cars and that’s how I make money.  Well I am an artist and I paint and unfortunately, I can’t make a living from it, because unlike cars not everyone needs a painting, they have IKEA!  Like a car dealer, you need an item to sell.  I need canvas, paint, paintbrushes, time, love and passion.  None of these is free, so shut up when you say, “that’s a lot”.  Just because I haven’t died or cut off my ear yet doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything.

Number 4 – “You don’t look like an artist.”  What does an artist look like? I don’t have long hair, I don’t wear tunics or a beret, I don’t have a 14th Century beard and handlebar moustache and I don’t look like I  have just been dragged through a hedge backwards and I don’t speak in riddles.  Of course, I don’t look like an artist.

 

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Old photo of me.  Much bigger now and I don’t drink. Most of the paintings in the background are mine.

 

Those are just a few things that niggle me, as an artist, and there are plenty more, but I don’t want to use up all my space on the World Wide Web.

If you would like to add anything, feel free to comment.