This in part is an attempt to respond to a criticism of my work, that”…It is too tight…” I don’t really know what this means but it really struck a nerve. I think it means I take too much time over my paintings so I painted this quickly.
The motivation is the streetlight. It looks so forlorn. The “get away from it all” fashion those hideous television programmes encourage isn’t all its cracked up to be. Sawing logs, digging vegetable gardens, lighting fires and caring for livestock quickly become chores. My father used to have these episodes of enthusiastic self sufficiency or “pioneering spirit” as my brother sarcastically called them. Both he and I would groan. It meant a month of hard work for us.
A house in the country is so super but I must have broad band and a pizza delivery franchise has better be near! These holiday makers are such a burden to us all.
There is an alternative way to look at the piece. John Donne was wrong. Each man is an Island. A shame.
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