“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
I mentioned in a previous post about ‘Water Cans’ (HERE), my ongoing fascination with folk art, which is based on a desire to find a visual language to develop my own version of the inland waterway boat man’s decorated Water Can…
I’ve done many posts on Water Cans over the years (HERE), anyone new to these posts, the illustration below shows the kind of traditional Can I’ve been looking at…
I hope to take the aesthetic of traditional Cans as a starting point and then to devise a style of painting to decorate what I’ve tentatively called ‘Journey Cans’. The hope being to create a painted can that in some way stands as a memorial to (and celebration of) The Journey.
I’m currently painting up a small tin ‘coffee jug’ in gloss paint and enamels. The theme is a boat journey last Summer made with The Boys up the Oxford Canal from Lower Heyford.
I’ve been helped enormously in settling on an initial style of painting by two sets of painted ware in my collection. One is a huge red tin teapot (30cm tall, dia. 30cm) which I bought at the Rickmansworth Festival a couple of years ago:
and more recently a small group of painted ‘horse brasses’ found by my mum when clearly the loft of a great aunt who’d recently passed away.
These small paintings, in reality about 8-10cm in length, show a range of marks and colours that has really encouraged me to return to the coffee pot and have a go…
“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and we took great pleasure in doing just that.”
After all it’s a relaxing way to spend a Wintry evening, in my mind I ‘re-live the days’ whilst I paint.
I’m planning to keep things simple, using just four colours (grass green, bright red, cream & black) on this first test piece.
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”