So I was cutting up some potatoes to cook, and as you can see this one was quite rotten in the centre.
I was quite taken with the image though – the black line that almost looks as though it has been drawn in ink: the contrast with the soft grey mould. Maybe it’s my long ago education as a biologist or maybe I’m a bit odd but I reached for my camera before I consigned the potato to history and the bin.
So, a while ago I was indulging my artistic streak and I created a series of naïve pieces that I really like. In fact the more I look at them, the more I like them!
I was inspired by a number of things – the traditional reversible designs on playing cards (Jack, Queen and King designs), the masks you see in many different cultures world wide, and legends such as the ancient Green Man. Quite a lot of art starts with playing with ideas, so the idea dawned and I doodled, thought and tried out different ways to get what I wanted. After some work developing a style that worked, I completed several takes on the theme, pictured above.
I like them all! If you do too, you can buy the images in several formats on RedBubble and Zippi.
You can also buy some of the originals – on A4 perforated paper, just as they came out of my art book – in my auction on eBay. Here’s where you’ll find the Blue and Blue Masks. As with eBay, the starting prices are crazily low, so there’s a good chance to snap up a bargain and get your Christmas shopping off to a unique start!