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Audacht Morainn ~ in progress

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

I've attempted this canvas several times & never got very far with it... although things looked great on the prep work I just couldn't make myself proceed further... it just didn't feel right. I was waking up on a morning with ideas of what to do, but still couldn't progress. Usually that's a sign that I'm on the wrong track, but, as I never received a deposit I was thinking it was maybe down to my customer changing his mind. Even so, I decided i wanted to work with these words... if he pays great, if not, I won't add the personalised details.

 Is tre ḟir flathemon rosaig cech dán mochtide mind suíthi.  

It is through the justice of the father that each great man of art 
attains the summit of his knowledge.  

Then one day last week I painted the whole thing out & started again with this dark blue background. There is still a good bit more to add, but it suddenly feels good & I wonder why I never did this to begin with! How many hours of staring & trying different ideas, lol??!!  Isn't it strange how the Muse strikes & the Awen flows...

Toléci dorche do ṡorchi. 
Toléci brón do ḟáilti. 
Toléci borb do ecnu.  
Toléci dóer do ṡóer. 
Toléci dochell do chlothaib.   
Toléci anflaith do ḟírḟlaith. 
Toléci debuith do chóri. 
Toléci gó do ḟír.  

Darkness yields to light, 
Sorrow yields to joy. 
Ignorance yields to wisdom, 
Slavery yields to freedom. 
Selfishness yields to generosity,   
Anarchy yields to order, 
Conflict yields to peace, 
What is false yields to truth.  

The Audacht Morainn is an old Irish text, giving advice to a king, but here it has been adapted to 'father' to suit the recipient. 'Fraid you're not seeing anymore til i'm finished tho!!


??A leap of consciousness??  i often wipe the tops of paint tubes & frequently use a scalpel to scrape away a build up of dried paint... I've warmed tubes of paint up in hot water when the cap won't undo.... so why have i never thought of just dipping the crusted paint tube into some water to dissolve it when the cap won't go back on properly??  is it because i just like using sharp knives rather than cleaning the tube every time i use it or do i just need help, lol? Why does the obvious seem to be so bloody elusive? Please tell me i'm not he only one that suffers!


ersi marina 3 October 2012 at 16:37  

Oh, you're not the only one that suffers! I recently decided to rust a piece of fabric using washers but the washers were new and not rusty at all.

They told me at the hardware store that dipping them in hydrogen peroxide would accelerate the rusting process. Did I rust the washers before wrapping them in the cloth? No! I put everything in a jar with water and waited for the miracle to happen.

The washers got rusty and the fabric too but, after spending a whole month in the jar, the fabric came out full of holes and tears. It was rotten! I love it anyway but the obvious solution didn't even occur to me at the beginning :))

Your work is beautiful, btw.

Rose 4 October 2012 at 08:44  

It's looking stunning! I think inspiration has well and truly struck and the Muse is in overdrive... I think we all do this though, overcomplicate. I think sometimes we expect things to be harder than they are.

Caterina Giglio 4 October 2012 at 21:05  

yeah, no you aren't the only one! I think with art I am just not listening to the piece, but with supplies, I think I sometimes don't have my thinking cap on, I am wearing my artist beret instead! lol

Suzi Smith 5 October 2012 at 09:53  

*sigh* I feel better now, lol... thanks :-)

Anonymous,  10 October 2012 at 23:33  

Do you people have a facebook fan page? I searched for one on facebook or twitter but could not discover one, I'd really like to become a fan!

Suzi Smith 11 October 2012 at 11:08  

sorry, no.... i've never got as far as facebook!

yvette 31 October 2012 at 19:01  

suzi, sometimes i work a piece so long while another time just a sigh does the trick

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