Rainbow Splashes


Nothing changes


How do you get out of the creative doldrums?  I have had that over the past few weeks.  I have a painting in my head but it refuses to come out!  I have found when that happens it pays to look at past works and either get inspiration from them or rework them.


I did this pencil drawing way back, it was from a photo from the National Geographic in the 50’s or even earlier. Looking at it I was immediately struck that it could be a scene from any refugee camp today.  It haunted me for a couple of days and I wondered whether the scence would be so haunting if it was in colour, so I got my watercolours out.

refugeeNot so haunting, black and white definitely tells the story better.  I know my style probably softens the message.

Now to try and get that picture out of my head for next weeks PPF!  Happy Paint Party everybody!




Author: Sharon

Live in New Zealand, with three cats. I have three passions, crochet, art and gardening.

15 thoughts on “Nothing changes

  1. Beautiful art when though it has a sad theme.

  2. Your art is beautiful and conveys much sadness. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  3. I think your pen painting is more expressive than the watercolor one, but I like its beautiful in colors and your style.
    Happy PPF xx

  4. While both pieces of art are so well done, I think the black and white is more striking.

  5. I know the lull too good and a good idea to make the old beautiful picture in color. It now looks so happy with this colorful colors
    Happy PPF

  6. Very impactful. I think the black and white tells more of a story.

  7. It must be the time of year. I am stuck in the mud with my painting, too. Can’t wrap my head around what I want to do and when I try it’s awful. Maybe I can get out of it soon and you, too.

  8. Powerful sketch! You are right your color somewhat softens the impact but is strong nevertheless. Happy PPF

  9. That magnificent and powerful black and white sketch really conveys the emotion while the color one lightens it up a bit. Nice way to play with a piece. Happy PPF!

  10. wow, such a profound strong painting! Beautiful! I lose my spark sometimes too and it seems the strangest things bring it back but one thing I have learned is you cannot force it,, you can feed it by like you said reviewing past work for inspiration but you can’t force it,, it has to come on its on,, thanks so much for sharing,

  11. black and white tells a powerful story when it needs to, but I like yours to, it tells a slightly softer story

  12. I can’t decide which one I like better. Both are beautiful in a different way.

  13. I love the differences in each piece, they each have a haunting aspect. Visiting from PPF. Oh, I’m having a HUGE Christmas Giveaway on my site, the giveaway closes midnight Sunday night pacific time. Here’s the link… http://justaddwatersilly.com/2017/11/21/christmas-giveaway/

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