OCTOBER FLOWERS  26 X 20 cm  oil/board

MELLOW DAHLIAS   60 X 50  cm oil/canvas- unfinished

I have spoken before about how strange painting is …   I know I have said it in my book – and it is true.  For several weeks I have had ideas and – eventually got myself out of the kitchen out of the garden and into the studio – where probably I have ‘tidied up’    This displacement activity is so familiar ….   I know it well – how was it possible that today – at about 3 o’clock I finally stopped myself ‘walking round it’   ( as Robert says) and stopped negotiating with myself and just started ….     and two pictures are more or less done …  and loads more to do…   now I have breached the … blockage or dam or whatever it was, it will flow till it dries up or circumstances intervene or …  something else stops it and another lull will take place – like fields that have to lie fallow, it is not reasonable to expect creativity to be on tap all the time!

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