Diane Mannion, Blue Pencils, Snippet #13, 3.5 x2.5" oil on linen/mounted
Working in a Series
The small size of these paintings is allowing me to create a series at a rapid speed. By imposing a loose set of rules, such as scale and size of objects (a horizontal landscape would not fit in), I set my own limits for these 30 snippets... and thought I was in control.
A lot of glass, candy! Some flowers. Still mostly concerned with light, color, and reflections. But some things happened that were not planned.
A few objects have taken on a life of their own... Mrs Butterworth and the soon to be introduced, Mr Planter Peanut. A few more figurative glass pieces may also join the party. It's as though the subjects are telling me what to do.
So how does my Blue Pencils Snippet fit in? Pencils are creative tools, drawing, writing, counting, making lists. But these blue pencils have a lot of meaning for me. They belonged to my father who encouraged me to draw and write. A small connection to the past.
But I'll keep them out of Mrs Butterworth's reach. Would hate to see her teeth marks on them.