Wednesday, 3 August 2011

I Don’t Like Mondays

I Don’t Like Mondays

I was feeling terrible first thing on Monday morning. I awoke with a terrible headache and a fever. Try as hard as I could I had no energy and really did not want to do anything other than sit and feel sorry for myself. As the day progressed I felt no better but thought that I could not just sit about all day doing nothing. I headed through to my painting space and poured some paint.

I had been thinking about the Mondays of my youth.  The school days! After a good weekend remembering how terrible it was to have to go back into school on Monday.

Then there were the times when I spent the summer holidays with my Gran. Monday was her day to have the communal washhouse. She lived in a tenement building. At the back there was a large pole. Strung from this pole to each of the houses back window was a rope pulley system. My Gran would lean out the back window and hang her clothes on this  rope and pull it until the clothes were out between the pole and the window, where they caught the wind.

At the bottom of the garden was a washhouse with a large boiler with a coal fire underneath. The clothes were boiled in this with some of the soap powder from a little box. I even remember it was , “Akdo.” It took her most of the day to accomplish this washing. An event. What it meant was that on Mondays she an I did nothing much else.

So I heard again the song, by the, Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays.

So this abstract came from these thoughts. Painted on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. Most of it was painted using my fingers. I hope you can see all the things I was thinking, especially the line from the song that says, “I want to shoot the whole day down.”

This blog is linked to my other.   The Toils of getting old.


  1. Not being a huge fan of abstract art, I always find myself looking for something in abstract pieces. In this one I see a naval battle ship emerging from the mists over the sea. Then of course, you could shoot Mondays down! LOL Beautiful palette too, Ralph. I'm such a fan of the cool palette.

  2. I love this painting, my favorite thing about it is the soft blending of blues and whites, and how there is a gentle hint of lavender if you look really closely. Before I read your story about washing day, I thought that it had a very pleasant, nostalgic, dreamy feeling to it. It made me think of Mondays in a good way (not in a 'shoot the whole day' way). Your story about washing day with your Gran made me smile. You have such a beautiful way of putting both words and colors together to tell a story.

  3. I am right with you on the not liking Mondays as a child. It was the same for me when I was at school. It ruined my Sundays because that became the day of dread. Thank goodness those school days are over.
    I think this abstract works incredibly well to discribe your thoughts. As you know - abstract is not something I am usually in to, but your abstracts do combine method, colour balance and emotion, which I really can appreciate :0)

  4. Bienvenu au club Ralph! Moi non plus je n'aime pas les lundis... A chacun son histoire...
    Je trouve intéressant ce travail dans les nuances de bleu... Il y aurait comme des bulles de savon... une manière de voir la vie autrement à travers ces bulles...
    gros bisous