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I started painting this piece in 2015/ 2016 I think…,

As part of my Whimsical series where you see a girl in striped stockings. No idea why I am so fascinated with stripes either! My dolls wear stripes, I wear stripes and I paint characters wearing stripes! 

 In any case , about that time.. my buddy at work was diagnosed with Cancer and subsequently passed away within 6 months. 
I wrote her name onto one of the books in my painting as a memoriam to her but it got too painful for me to continue. Therefore I put it aside for a couple of years.
 
The reason why books and words play a significant part in my life thus my creations is because reading books brought me out of my own personal struggles as a kid. 
Feeling shy, unloved, ugly and unhappy. I turned to books to live my alternate fantasy life.
 
As time passed. I started getting a new wind for this piece.. and it is now my current favorite work. It’s still unfinished.. and there is a few ways it could end.. Will there be flowers growing from her stool? Will there be flying birds? Butterflies? Books? Words?
 
So many decisions. And isn’t this like life sometimes? 
At times, we are stuck in a limbo… at times excited, at times we have so many choices in life and decisions to be made.. Do we take more time to decide? Or do we just choose a path and stick with it? 
Do we choose and give ourselves the grace to change our paths later?
What do you think?
  

Amanda

Artist and Creative Director

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Dear Amanda,
    I love your transparency in sharing your inner most thoughts with Art Collectors and Art Lover.
    The glimpse you portray realises the dilemma Artists face when creating, yet through the passage of time healing happens for the completion of any one artwork.

    Personally I would add both flowers and butterflies to the finished artwork.

    Butterflies symbolic of transformation through time
    Flowers for the natural growth and cycles of life.

    Much love
    Tetka

    PS: My perception of why you love painting stripes which are your signature is the acknowledgment of your inner child continually present in your life…… Bravo

    1. Hello Tetka!
      Lovely to read what you have written. Thank you for taking the time to share with me your thoughts. I love the idea of butterflies and flowers.
      You may see Butterflies plays a role in some of my figurative art too as I did go through some transformation to get to where I am today.
      I can’t believe I didn’t read what you wrote. I thought I did.
      I like you of my interpretation my interest in stripes as well. I felt old at age 30 till I met an 80 year old who lived life being joyful and played ball with her grandkids. Since then I never looked back.

  2. Hi Amanda,
    Good luck with your blog. I love it.
    Isn’t funny that we all have different back ground with different pattern on how we express our emotion / feeling into a painting…
    I still have not got a clue to why I love to paint something big or fat. There must be a reason to that.
    Despite of the darkness you went through in the past, hope is that thing inside you that insists.
    Despite all the evidence to the contrary that something better awaits you.
    The little Amanda in you stays forever in you. Let her be forever alive, because that’s what make you special.
    By the way if stripes are your things, chances are that you have strong sense of self worth.
    Much love,
    Joke

    1. Hello my darling Joke!
      Thank you for taking the time to write in your thoughts!
      yes , I do agree with you about reasons for what we like to paint what we do and also for allowing the little girl in me be alive.
      I do love how both you and I have a fun cheeky way of expressing ourselves. And we are not afraid to show our vulnerability and mistakes etc. I look forward to seeing you again in Bali!

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