Williamson’s ‘Tarka the Otter’ left me so emotional that I grabbed the paintbrush as soon as I finished reading it.
Raw, vivid, true, beautiful and tragic. I named this painting Circle of life. I wanted to portray the meaning of it all in a painting. I also uploaded my review for the book, you can check it out in Book reveries page.
This is the only painting I have done for myself where I used the colour yellow. For commissioned paintings I paint whatever I’m asked for, but for some strange reason, whenever I paint to express myself, I don’t even think about this colour. In this case I had no choice because I wanted to paint the typical Maltese fishing boat. I wanted to capture some of my most vivid childhood memories in this one. As a child I used to love staring at their magnetic vibrant colours and used to find myself hypnotized by their lulled movement upon entering the harbour. During another reverie of mine, I was thinking that their reflections looked like shapes of fluid coloured diamonds, and then I thought, aren’t these boats as precious as diamonds? For the fishermen and their families, their only means of income. For the people who love fish especially those who can only eat that.
I had to included some seagulls because I love them and they were cause of many other reveries during childhood. The understated birds. The ones that dance when a storm is coming. The survivors.