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A Bug's Eye-View of
Tweety Bird
Searching for his long-lost grape-grandfather
Among the Bright Lights of the Ruinous Walking-stick Candy City.
48" x 42",
acrylic on stretched canvas,1995.

I relate to my "Tweety Bird" painting as a frozen snapshot of a New York fairy-tale for children. For me, what you have is a bug looking up into New York city and what you see is only what the bug sees. You have the "once upon a time..." of a fairy tale in the top left and top right corners. You have Tweety Bird in the middle at the top- he's trying to find his grape-grandfather who is just below him swinging across New York city in a hammock eating grapes.
The buildings in black and blue on either side of the painting represent New York. On the left you have a ladder to the stars, like in Peter Pan. And through the middle of the painting a piece of walking-stick candy. It's ruinous 'cos it rots your teeth. At the bottom you have ripe and ripening grapes.- above that you can see the guy in the hammock (he knows which grapes are ripe and which ones aren't). Also at the bottom you have three Dutch irises- two halves on either side and a whole one in the middle- 'cos that's what the bug saw.

"an aeroplane...
stopped in the middle of my sky."
48" x 42",
acrylic on stretched canvas,1997.

I understand that the title of this painting was one of the French writer Simone de Beauvoir's shorthand ways for registering how her life was less than it could be- in that moment. As your eye moves across the top of this painting from left to right, life becomes rockier- as I imagine what a six year old may see. (I relate to this painting as a companion piece to Painting #2- "Masked Weather".)

Give Me Some Awakening Giants Who Can Dance
48" x 42".
acrylic on stretched canvas,1997.

This painting was inspired by the title of a book, "When Giants Learn to Dance"' by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School Professor. I was imagining what our planet might look like when giants learned to dance. I find that idea exhilarating!

"You fall in fireworks of black flowers
setting the night to music." (Pablo Neruda / Roberta Flack.)
48" x 42",
acrylic on stretched canvas,2001.

This painting's title is based on two of my loves- a Pablo Neruda poem & a song sung by Roberta Flack, called "Set The Night To Music."
What got me excited was the way the violet/purple colour was resonating & reverberating with the rest of the painting. I was ecstatic to be painting & exploring the question- what if colour has a life of its own?- & I was exhilarated with the life & energy the painting was showing me & channelling through me.

who i am
is a possibility in community-
not just a jerk with his own pathetic rubbish
48" x 42",
acrylic on stretched canvas,1997.

For me this painting is a declaration of who I am as a possibility in community- distinct from all my blah blah blah about that. When I look at what else is possible in life I'm much more powerful than when I'm relating to myself as some sort of fixed identity I can clutch at, like a straw.

Rainbow Music Dancing Under Sail Beneath a
Flattened Moon - Not People who are Eaten Out Inside
108" x 72",
acrylic on unstretched canvas,1995.

I painted this while Black Magic was busy winning the America's Cup for New Zealand for the first time in 1995. The red background suggests to me that, at long last, we've found a way to give the Americans a hiding at something. On a deeper level, what if America doesn't have all the answers nor all the best questions- what if we could all learn from each other and value everyone's contribution,(including America's.)
Some of the musical symbols are deliberately out of sync. Sometimes I find it disheartening when people tell me the average amount of time people look at a painting is 6 seconds. So I painted some things that you wouldn't register in 6 seconds, alongside things you would!
What the title of the painting means for me is that I painted rainbow music.... I didn't paint people who are eaten out inside.

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