Some photographs from a different serene trek in my home stomping ground, this time Dereen Hill, Knockatee – another wide open space filled with memories and fairy trees. New additions to this land by the locals include a wishing chair snuggled amongst the plant-life and the brightly painted fairy doors nestled into the many nooks of tree roots.
A second bunch of outpourings for this weeks Basquiat Kick About. The motive for these pieces was to turn my brain off, listen to Kate Bush and Goldfrapp all the while paint vigorously and furiously.
This weeks Kick About prompt over on Red’s Kingdom is the neo-expressionistic delights of Basquiat. I found it a very cathartic experience to let the lines, colour and texture lay where they want in a rambling automatic experience. I think if someone was to practice some freudian techniques they could figure out tidbits from these free flowing apparitions and symbols.
Another assortment of digital paintings created in Photoshop or Procreate. Exploring and leaning into the wonkiness and as always lots of colour.
The final collection of images produced in response to the Circus paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec for this weeks kick about.
Another party of images produced in response to the Circus paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. I imagine these images as the climax of a circus act just as they perform a stunt and when multitudes of coloured confetti rain on the audience drowned out by cheers.
A third set of images created in response to the Circus paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. Exploring the explosions of light, colour and shapes that fill the walls and ceiling within the big top.
A second set of images created in response to the latest kick about over on Red’s Kingdom. There’s a collection of images kit bashed in each image produced, quite a few from previous kick about creations as well as various trips to theme parks and the swirly delights of long exposure light painting.
Something a bit random and rather eerie for this post. Doing a bit of landscaping around the house to empty the leaf litter into the bins I was perplexed when I opened up the otherwise untouched bin to first notice the hefty spiders scuttle away amongst the eroding leaves but shocked to notice the sparkling webs sitting above the leaves reflecting the trees from above in a pulpy oozy green. I’ve never seen a spider web like it – the webbing so thick like a slime or saliva from a much bigger creature. It’s as if the garbage juice residue amongst the bin caused some sort of condensation to attach and grow the web in size. I couldn’t help but snap some pictures – with the dangling cocoon framed and suspended in a silky diamond chamber, the funnel of web leading towards it. Nightmarish stuff!
This weeks kick about over on Red’s Kingdom is the circus themed paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Initially, I had the idea of loading up an old battered and broken blue iPhone that I didn’t expect to turn on, from which to rip some photographs from a circus I attended with friends, the circus standing tall on the iconic Rochester hill where I went to uni. Amazingly, the phone turned on with its red battery charging symbol loading through the cracked pixelated screen. The joy on my face when I held the tiny phone in my comically large hands… However in my many attempts to get all those photos off this ancient iPhone, technology somehow fucked me over and devastatingly wiped every single photo from the phone, including all the photos I wanted to use for this week’s prompt!
I ended up sitting and sulking on the idea for a while and contemplated coming up with something completely different, but stubbornly I didn’t want to, and I did find a handful of those very photos from that iPhone stored on my laptop that I never deleted. So instead of being a moody little shit, I decided to try and make something from them by duplicating the original photos and using previous creations and random photos laid on top to attempt to create some new compositions exploring the light, energy and disorientating weirdness of a circus. I guess with the recent anniversary of the Kick-About, in some ways it can seem poetic to use a bunch of outpourings from previous Kick-About’s to create something completely new.