Sometimes it is nice to be taken by surprise.
Not always, but sometimes. This is about one of those occasions.
There is an international art magazine titled 'MIROIR'.
They have a reputation of showcasing some of the worlds best artwork.
I was told by a friend that I would really appreciate the latest issue as it featured somebody I know.
The magazine can be viewed online so of course that's what I did first before buying one.
It might not be as enjoyable but sometimes the immediacy of viewing online
can be irresistible [especially when it's free].
I wasn't sure what I was expecting to find but I knew that it would be good.
It is always nice to read about people that you know.
On this occasion I was even more pleased and excited as the magazine had a very large article
featuring one of Imagine Gallery's very best artists
For the very first time I learnt things about Anne that I had no knowledge of.
My only excuse for not having asked her the same questions as the magazine is,
I feel art is a very personal thing and sometimes it is best not to know too much.
The magic might vanish.
The magic might vanish.
I have thought that it is good to weave your own story around an artwork.
Now I understand that I am an idiot.
I learned so much from the article and it gave me a greater understanding of her inspirations.
As a result I love her paintings more.
I am only showing a fraction of the interview and the pages published,
I would urge everyone to purchase a copy or at least like me read the magazine online.
What made the feature really special for me was that on the last double page spread
they featured a painting that I see each day here in the gallery.
"Wow" that's our painting.
It was so strange to see something that I look at, touch and admire each day
now being shared with the world.
It is a wonderful painting, the longer you view it the more detail you find.
Like much of the art we show I will miss it when it sells
So while it is still "mine" I thought I would show how it looks in our setting.
It is a strange painting which seems to change.
Wherever I place it in the gallery the light seems to change the colouring.
I look at the image in the magazine and think "yes that is just what it looks like" then I think
"No, it is much softer, more gentle".
Moving it again into a different room it then becomes darker and more menacing
The story changes
It is a stunning painting and for a little time it is mine
That makes me feel proud.