Thursday, 11 June 2015

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

Keeping up the practice; I am lucky. I am finding ways to devote more time to painting. I have children, now in their teens, who are becoming independent more and more. They are required to get the bus whenever possible. They can now shop for some of their own food and prepare it if they need to. This has taken some effort since doing it for them can often be quicker and easier (and less messy) but when I see so many parents driving their kids everywhere when we have pretty good public transport I despair.
Another thing. Internet shopping for all the boring, heavy and repetitive goods has helped. Then I top up locally supporting the little independent shops as I need to.
I have in my head what I'm going to do be doing before I do it. I'm thinking about that when doing the mundane or driving (oops). When it comes to painting time I'm ready to go. 
So even though I have two jobs, two teens and a husband to administer to I still seem to be fairly productive. I do dream colours though and often wake with ideas in the morning. I also am a firm believer in using the little chunks of time in between other responsibilities to get on and go for it. Having said that I'm an early riser. 5.30am is my friend. 
But I'm shattered by the end of the day and go a bit weak at 4pm for a while!!
So recently I have been on a roll. I love hares. I am captivated by their shape and also by the legends behind the hare from Pagan times here but also they feature in legends from all over the world.
The above painting "Under The Hill"   40" x 30" in acrylic sold very quickly. I could have sold it a few times. Hares speak to people it seems. I have some nice box canvas prints of it measuring 30" x 22" at £140 plus postage. The print quality is exceptional.
Spring Arrives Clare Wassermann copyright
This is for sale - please let me know if you are interested 
I am about to start a third in the series of hares. As I say, keeping in the flow and utilising every tiny chink of time.
It's not a coincidence that my father used to recite this at home many, many times:
If - By Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Painting, My Garden and some Indigo

Feeling full of the joys of spring and painting like crazy. The garden is zinging and it's inspirational to paint. Mind you this is my friend's dog Dottie who I love. Might do some pet commissions I think?


Anyway I was sitting having my morning smoothie in the Summerhouse / shed or THE SHRINE and just marvelled at the number of birds around me - garden almost in full bloom.







and a little quiet stitching of indigo as a meditation to begin the day

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Why Art Is Healthy For Me


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Monday, 30 March 2015

Stillness In Motion

This painting has been undertaken as a labour of utter joy. The figure sits in stillness, aware and yet part of, the external world. The landscape lies within and without.
An exercise in peace and focus.
For sale £450 for now …. box canvas ready to hang … jump before the galleries do!
“Stillness In Motion”

SOLD


acrylic on canvas
40″ x 50″




Thursday, 19 February 2015

Internal Landscape

Recently I have been working on some landscapes for commissions and I have loved it but over the past few days I have resumed work in my more personal style paintings.
For me it is definitely a visitation with an internal landscape and this image shows an unfinished piece which references the merging with the landscape that happens in a state of utter awareness. Seeing is different to being aware.
I am holding in mind that if we can also put into our surroundings the content of a peaceful, benevolent and AWARE mind we could change the world for the better. Awareness brings acceptance, tolerance and ultimately peace.
I’ll be finishing this 40″ x 30″ painting this week. It’s a real joy.

I also have a new website at www.clarewassermannart.com

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Fine Art Prints available

"Flights Of Fancy"

"Out Of The Forest"

"By The Pool"

The originals of these are all sold but if you'd like a limited edition fine art giclee print each one is available as a limited run of 100.

They are beautifully printed by Ironbridge Fine Arts. 

Email me on clare.wassermann@gmail.com if you are interested - I post wrapped in acid free tissue and safely tubed to anywhere in the world.

Monday, 7 July 2014

More painting ... and stitching the painting ... and eating the colours


So this painting is now finished. What a process! Mostly enjoyable but with periods of angst and indecision. Just like life. The thing I love is that my painting process is that it reminds me that so much of life is about letting go, moving on, re painting the metaphorical canvas. This applies to every moment as it dies. It is the key to contentment (or one of them) as is living life for the process; the journey, not the final destination. In the end, the final destination is usually good if the path trodden is a mindful one.

SOLD

Another piece of work I'm grappling with at the moment is the stitching of a printed version of the painting you saw on the previous post. 
I'm hoping to put it in an exhibition at the Redhouse Glass Cone gallery in September so I had better get a move on with that!


As you can see I'm really enjoying colour and vibrancy at the moment


And the growth of food at the allotment. I'm finding some lovely popping colours there which also taste super. First yellow courgettes at the dinner table last night and more rhubarb.... Food tastes even better when it's multicoloured!!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Paintings 2014


'Flights Of Fancy'

acrylic on canvas

SOLD


More work in progress. Watch this space.

Meanwhile Smartie is snoozing at the top of the stairs!

Monday, 19 May 2014

A trip to France has had me captivated. I have been lucky enough to be able to spend some time out without my children (wonderful as they are) with two fabulous friends at the organic smallholding of my husband's uncle.
The farm is in the Midi Pyrenees and lies an hour and a half north of Toulouse. Not many folk live in the area and the traffic is non existent.

Never have I experienced such deep and profound silence and peace. I felt very connected to the world around me. There was time to meditate, do yoga and chat.
We cooked food from the garden and ate our way around the hedgerows which are prolific in their food production.
We laughed. We sketched. Rachel painted and danced amongst the vegetables. Valerie swang in the swing, cooked and read and I did all of those things ....

It was heartening to know that it is still possible to live almost off grid and through the fruit of the land. Permaculture is a fascinating lifestyle and I have come away with many ideas to add to what I already do in an urban environment.
The key to this medieval building


 looking through the gateway
 Into the courtyard - like a scene from Romeo and Juliet
 The well
 Looking toward the pond with resident frogs and lizards
 Birds nesting and feeding their young within the four walls of this bastide style house
 Into the garden
 After the gardening!

 Places to eat and sit below from the balcony

the barn - a wonderful space. Graceful.
Peace
Valerie lying on a bale
Oh those blue shutters





Bits and pieces - all very photographable!
Quite some time spent thus





interiors and windows - beautiful too




 out and about walking for miles - no cars




Rachel's painting depicting light through the barn door -
 work
and play
 a sketch through the bridge - no paint so we used river mud!!!

Dave - leave the door on the latch .... we will be back!