Last week my phone’s screen smashed for the second time in its two-year life.
There was nothing spectacular about it; I wasn’t rock-climbing in a blizzard when it fell from the pocket of my wing-suit… I was just doing my usual last-minute rush around to get bodies out of the house on time, and without warning, my phone base-jumped from my hand (sans wing-suit) and made a high-impact greeting with the dining room floor.
And it didn’t stop there: My son smashed up his favourite pair of glasses; I rolled my ankle playing basketball; And then there was that painting… Let’s just say I was glad I didn’t choose last week to book a hair appointment, because disasters appeared to be looming from ’round every corner.
But as I say to m’boys, ‘What can be learned from this?’ – because that’s the sort of eye-rollingly gag-worthy thing that every parent should say when things go tits up.
My personal take-home lesson for painting was: Paint small, paint simple. Added to this was: See misfortunes as opportunities (ugh! retch!), which translates better as: When things get broken, paint them.
And how lucky is that, because also last week, one of m’boys smashed a small bowl of mine and it fit perfectly into my new composition. How kind of him.
So here I have a painting without ellipses, and with a very minimal colour palette. Too minimal, some might say – but I’m from the school of Less is More, so this painting really floats my boat. Or, if I were greek, smashes my plates.
If you are super observant, you’ll have noticed that the bowl is meant to be patterned. You may also have realised that I am a bit of a glutton for punishment, so yep – I strapped on my wing-suit and dived right into that pattern. (So much for Less is More.)
Here’s a tip: If you’re going to paint fiddly, have a really good quality, really small brush on hand. I didn’t, so now people will just have to believe that the original bowl my son smashed for me was hand-painted by a mum who’d just had herself a stressful week of breaking things.
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