Thursday, December 27, 2012

Peaches

Peaches - Claude Monet

Monet's style captures this fruit brilliantly. They appear soft and he has captured the texture of the peach. I am reminded of the taste and I can almost salivate. They are realistic, yet they are depicted in a manner that celebrates what is wonderful about peaches. The softness within the image tells us that the fruit is ripe. We have fallen into the illusion Monet has created, without photo-realism he has made us salivate for the peach. This is one of my favorite images by Monet. 

As a child I once bit into a peach, only to find a large insect crawling inside. I dropped the peach and was a little upset. I didn't eat peaches for a while afterwards. Then later I began to eat peaches again, because one bad experience should never stop you from experiencing the sweetness of life.   

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friendly Face

Friendly Face - Jina Wallwork

A smile delivers an invitation, welcoming your presence. In a room full of people we will always gravitate towards a smile. It creates a feeling of security which repels any feeling of awkwardness. It tells us that we are safe and understood. A friendly face creates new bonds, while also strengthening those relationships which have already formed.

When we travel through dark days, we lose our smile. Tears strip away our friendly face. We watch the fish traveling through the rivers of sorrow we have created, watching the river expand with every teardrop. With a face full of pain, our face is no longer inviting. But all is not lost, because we are surrounded by true friends who see more than the expression on our face. They see beyond the sorrow and the pain, walking through all the barriers that we have created. They do not walk away because they recognize that we are in need of a friend. A smile will invite everyone; however our tears will only request the presence of our true friends. They arrive with a friendly face, offering us support and understanding.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #4

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #4

I mentioned in previous post my inclusion in 21st Centuary Queer Artists Identify Themselves #4. Click  http://jinawallwork.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/21st-century-queer-artists-identify.html  . Sadly I couldn't attend the release party, although I have received my copy of the zine through the post. I'm really pleased and flattered to see my work, The Project, on the front cover. It is also wonderful to explore the work of other gay artists.