I wrote this poem about the transcendental joy of creating art – and meaning – from handmade paint:
Above: Aurora Quackalis, 2022 Experimental pieces to explore spontaneous creativity. Acrylic and ink on 250 gsm multimedia paper.
Mana var. 3, 2022, acrylic/ ink on 250 gsm multimedia paper
In 1996, I posted this poem to a website. The World Wide Web was very young back then. A quarter of a century later, it is still there! And here is a painting of mine which I feel reflects the mystery of the poem:
One of my favourite pigments to paint with is lapis lazuli, the quintessential blue known also as ultramarine. The history of this precious blue goes back many millennia (Cleopatra is said to have used it as eyeshadow), and it later acquired the name owing to its having to be transported great distances from “beyond (ultra)… Continue reading The art of being blue