|'Almost out of time' - acrylic on canvas 40x50cm|
I mentioned in my last post that Artfinder are working in conjunction with Friends of the Earth to raise awareness of bees and their role in nature (which is to pollinate many of the cross-pollinated crops that human rely on for food).
This is my finished piece. I wanted it to continue in the slightly surreal cosmos theme while hopefully conveying the importance of bees in the ecosystem of planet earth for the survival of plants and animals (which humans essentially are)and the continuation of the planet as we know it.
Although I knew what I wanted to depict, I hadn't come up with a title for the painting when S suggested 'Out of time' based on the old wive's tale of using a dandelion clock to tell the time. I loved this and added the 'Almost' because there are a few seeds left so all is not yet lost - perhaps we can wake up to the damage we're doing to our planet before it is too late (hope springs eternal anyway).
I've uploaded it to the Artfinder forum (the closing date is 10 April and it's open worldwide if anyone still wants to enter a painting or photograph)and the launch of the campaign is 19 May with some of the artwork being selected to go on exhibition at the My Chelsea Hotel in London (the identity of the celebrity choosing the paintings is still top secret!)
In other news, the wee art studio (known as Nic's art shed) that S has been building me from upcycled pallets and other reclaimed bits and bobs is finally finished and I moved in and began painting in it on 1 April (& that's no joke!) The only parts he had to actually get from new were the roof materials and the insulation and wood panels for the inside.
I absolutely love it. Because there are so many windows (all of which were donated by a friend of S's including two skylights and even two wee round windows which were rescued from old washing machines at the local recycling centre!) even on a dull day there is loads of light. It's even got a split door so if we get any sunny weather I can open the top half (and there's even a midgie net to put up so that they can't come in!)
All that's left to do now is stain the door - S got as far as that today when the rain came on - and do some landscaping round about it. He's planning to put a little picket fence round it with loose gravel and obviously all that spare wood will be moved for his next project!
Here are some photos:
It's so lovely to potter about out there and have all my art stuff handy without having to pack it all away to set the table!!
S also made a wee time lapse video of the art shed being built if you'd like to see it.
Thanks for popping by and I'll look forward to catching up at Paint Party Friday.