First off, I would like to thank everyone that sent such kind, warm and supportive messages following the death of my mum on the 16th April 2020. I really appreciate everyone of them and found the support so incredibly helpful at such a difficult time.
The funeral was last Friday, the 24th April. Six people were in attendance – including two of three sons and one of three grandchildren – and we made it as special and personal as we were able within the half hour we were allotted!
I can recall when I was young and I started to explore my older brothers’ record collections that were left behind after they’d both left home. One album I remember in particular – more for its title than most of the songs on it – was a compilation of artists on the old Island records label, titled Strangely strange but oddly normal. This title has been much in my mind of late as it seems to describe perfectly how I feel at the moment, which is indeed strangely strange but oddly normal.
I’ve been trying to keep on painting and, this post represents a bit of a departure for me. I first saw the reference photo for this week’s painting on Twitter. It was a mono photograph and somehow it just seemed to call out to me be painted. So I did:
I was pleasantly surprised at how this turned out considering it was done pretty quickly and is a colour interpretation of a black and white image. Only after painting it did I start to look at where the image was and who ‘owned’ it.
I’ve since been pleased to make the acquaintance of Al Brown, an artist and photographer. I contacted Al to seek his permission to share my painting based on his photograph and he has been very gracious in allowing me to share this.
What I hope you might find particularly interesting is to visit Al’s sites on WordPress, Instagram and Twitter where you can see a number of paintings of the same or similar views that Al has painted. I always enjoy seeing how different people interpret similar views and this is no exception.
Thanks again to everyone for their support during what has been a particularly trying and emotional time – it really has meant such a lot to me and I feel immensely fortunate and grateful.