Sunday, 29 September 2013

Forest Gump

ohhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyy!!!!!! I have just had the most unexpected "Forest Gump" moment. You wake up, get dressed, go to work, in my case get very dirty, you think about how you are to pay upcoming bills....and then you get to meet royalty (Monagascan). Something that I was so unprepared for. I have no clue to all the rubbish I must have just said in the few minutes I had to talk to them this evening. I live in a town that comprises 240 souls, I mean for goodness sake's! Who comes here????
Up until 24 hours ago I thought the locals were taking me, a newcomer, for a ride. Then yesterday, on confirmation that it really was going to happen, I offered the town mayor a lime painting (this cherub) as a small gift for their visit. I did not expect to consign the piece personally...I can't remember what the hell I said.......there were more bodyguards and photographers than locals.
A small orchestra then played in their honor...and the context, the music, the decorated church ceiling, the summer heat, the perfumes and the food served to remind me of what it was that attracted me to Italy to begin with... oh land of senses: it's Savior and condemner.

Hold on to the twinkle in your eye.

As a youngster I was attracted ( like most of us) to the "Arts" in general. In my case, resulting in my  mediocre expression of most Art forms available to me, notwithstanding in the Art room. By the beginning of the 80's I could imagine myself in most jobs from fashion designer, to a Barbra Streisand inspired Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. However this need to express myself in an avant-Glee accompaniment to life had no structure, it didn't gel and took me nowhere. Arts got packed away with adolescence as I began work in the real world.
Only after many years an opportunity arrived to get back on track. I was very lucky, because this time around I got to work from within a structured order. From that structure then came my own direction. 
Direction keeps my eye on a distant but achievable goal. It helps me define and explain my service. It helps me decide what exactly I need to concentrate on and what I need to eliminate from my radar to stay on track. 
It is a twinkle in the eye.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

"...but Fresco is something else"

I spent a lovely day invited to participate at a local faire. Still intent on getting some exposure for Lime painting I took along a few of my fragments. It is always a pleasure for me to find ways of keeping a spotlight on this subject. What should be a well known technique, in Italy at least, has become a vague memory of times gone by. Sometimes someone will try and rain on your parade, perhaps only to look knowledgable on all subjects. One lady chirped, " Is that Lime painting?" I replied it was, already guessing where she was heading from the tone of her voice. She wistfully added " ahhhh yes, but Fresco is something else." What I was expected to reply was lost on me...she had clearly missed my intention. I agreed with her and while she began to tell me of her work experience I went over to the gentleman who wanted information on Lime painting. 

Lime painting isn't Fresco, neither is it Encaustic, just as Tempera isn't Oil painting. I sound trite, but seriously, all techniques it can be argued are born from the use of other techniques, which were then found to offer better solutions for specific works. This is the case for Fresco painting just as it became for Lime painting. They are different and you may prefer one over the other. The advantages of Lime painting is specific to domestic decoration and while it may have derived from Fresco- it proved to be useful to decorative painters who wanted to offer suitable solutions in both important and lesser known commissions, while keeping things functional to purpose. One of the biggest differences I see is that while Fresco is a fascinating method, it does not risk being forgotten, on the other hand decorative slaked lime painting has little or no coverage, moreover neither do the formal styles that derived from it's use. My aim is simply to present the idea that perhaps this technique deserves some further investigation and if this happens I hope to be involved.