Quite possibly the visual manifestation of my keen anticipation for the colder months. And more besides. As the summer winds down, I generally tend to become more settled, introspective, imaginative and content. I began this whilst playing with the idea of Snow White, which may or may not still be evident in the completed work. It also has a slight connection to the concept behind 'Mirror with a Memory', one of my earlier creations, which you can view here. As you will see, I have been perfectly in the mood for a little bit of darkness and whimsy combined.
Lake House (version 2)
Every now and again, I like to plunder through the Art&Ghosts vaults. This is always fun to do, especially if I am in the mood for a spot of reinvention. Whether building upon an original idea (as above) or else tidying up what I consider to be quite 'damning technical imperfections', there is something that I find so infinitely fascinating about revisiting these earlier 'scenes'.......as if time itself has a magical effect upon them, revealing new potentialities and hitherto unforeseen depths.
Here, I chose to move the clock forward a few hours. The original version made use of a sombre, peaceful sunset, settling across the lake; whilst the updated image plunges headlong into the lunar, hovering somewhere (albeit just as contentedly) between the dead of night and dawn.
My favourite. This encapsulates so much about my present state of mind. There is a certain tenderness that I am sure has something to do (in essence) with Tove Jansson - I am reading her Winter Book, quite possibly the most beautiful, poignant compilation of short stories that I have been lucky enough to lose myself within for a very long time.
But for sure, I am ever so hopelessly in love with my new, six legged friend. It was quite a challenge to make him sit, to tell the truth. (You may notice that his leg count varies, depending upon my mood. His girlfriend, for instance, has four)
Honey, Afternoon is Bliss
A certain, existentialist twist in the tail. Oh! Even the toadstools are impressed.