On my other blog I was talking about anger control and not reacting to hurt. This painting in many ways is an outward expression of this very idea.
My father always taught me that the inner feelings that can lead to anger and hurt can be softened by being aware of just what those feelings are. As a small child I was afraid of words, I was a hopeless reader and speller, would probably now have been diagnosed as autistic and dyslexic. My father was still able to say to me that if I wrote down the words associated with my feels and considered them it helped to get rid of the bad feelings inside. When I consider it now, I am aware that he had a wealth of learning way beyond the manual job he did.
Later in life I developed a love of crossword puzzles and so of words. This painting build on both of these ideas. It on one level is about a crossword puzzle. It is also though, on another level about Cross and Angry words and the effects that they have on us. The female form in the bottom right was just a hint of a reminder of the fact that we play other games with peoples minds. The sunflowers are the results of getting rid of negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones.
I do not expect this painting ever to sell. I think it is probably far too personal. It is probably too personal for my wife also so it will never hang in my home, and I am not sure it should. It will I suspect one day go the road of others of my works off to that place that unwanted art disappears to.
Have a good day.
This blog is linked to my other. We Should All Get An Art Wall