I used to paint a lot, still have a lot of pictures of my efforts.
They were all of a certain type, landscapes, seascapes. I found I couldn’t really do anything else; I suppose everyone has their niche, or perhaps their penchant.
I don’t really know if I was any good. I mean I used to say a painter is just someone who ‘makes marks’.
I did so many I think I got what could be termed ‘painter’s block’. Anyhow, I’ve been assessing and re-assessing some of the old images and wondering if I’ll every put brush to canvas again.
When March was still and new
before I was of an age to care
we’d visit the fields across the way
where she’d earn some more pennies
in that cool primavera air
Here I would watch her
peeping from between deep rows
where lingering water drained
like instant coffee in footprint pools
only recently covered with snow
With an abattoir efficiency
she’d pluck off each clean head
sometimes pause for a smoke
stand straight to feel her back
or maybe tick me off instead
To the sound of mellow bells
we’d walk home for biscuits and tea
when I’d hear her cutting vegetables
leaving me with a comic
a ginger cat curled up on my knee
© poem and image copyright dfbarker 2012
Not seasonal, I know, but it’s nice to think of the spring.
The North Norfolk coast is wonderful. I never tire of painting it, which is just as well. Like most parts of England, it is underrated, yet this place at any rate, is extremely popular.
I have finally put prices on those items featured in ‘current original art’ section. These prices are guidelines only and the painter is more than willing to listen to offers from potential buyers.
Shortly, there will be more paintings on this site, mostly seascapes and landscapes – as usual!
©copyright Francis Barker
Here’s one of the lastest efforts, in mixed media, mainly acrylic with a little oil here and there. If you would like to buy it, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cut backs or not, we can all still appreciate art. You can look but you don’t have to buy. You can buy and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
I will carry on with my landscapes, seascapes and look to increase my watercolours and pastels (even oil pastels, once my favoured medium).
Why do I do it? The chance to capture that indefinable something.