This painting is a powerful metaphor for the way reading can transport us into the imaginings of others and to places we may never see and people we will never meet. As I started to bring out the imagery I was thinking about how for me the planning stages of any journey are as pleasurable as the journey itself.
This has been an incredibly inspiring year as I have taken on new challenges in my painting and tried to hone my style using intuitive processes. I have been very fortunate to take several trips to three Mediterranean islands, return to my favourite Portuguese fishing town and visit two new cities, Madrid and Lisbon. It has been extraordinary and the impact of the memories, the landscapes, the colours, the food, the wine, the people, the smells – the sensuous experiential that comes from being somewhere different that fuels the imagination and inspires the soul.
I don’t always paint exactly what I have seen but the experiences are all imbued into the emotions and messages that my paintings evoke. I think that as well as being an intuitive painter I am starting to tell stories in each painting that emerge as magically as the imagery evolves.
In ‘the Readers Dream’ I have followed the intuitive process, building a rich background of colours and marks using many tools as well as traditional paint brushes. I have then picked out imagery and developed the story of the central figure.
The sky is exploding in a meteor storm with one of the stars landing on the book, perhaps a metaphor here – symbolising that dreams can become a reality and that reading helps us to form those dreams and to plan them and make them happen.
She is reading a book with the word dream picked and scratched into the paint and painted on and washed over.
Maybe she is dreaming about her next trip. The headdress which is becoming a trademark just lately is all about the way we have our minds filled with so much – in this case her mind is filled with the colour and tribal references that merge with the meteors in the sky. It represents her imagination.