Iris’s New Painting ‘Eyebrook’

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This week we have released Iris’s new painting called ‘Eyebrook’.   It’s named after Eyebrook reservoir which is somewhere that has been a favourite of Iris’s lately.

You can buy a print through her online shop here – Eyebrook Giclee Print

The Printer uses the very latest in art printing technology with fully calibrated photo-scanning, processing and printing equipment, they pay fastidious attention to colour balancing to ensure extremely accurate reproduction.  All of the profits raised from the sales of her prints go towards her ongoing therapies, education and some saved for her future.

Here are some detail images from the painting

detail-2  eyebrook-detail

 

Namazzi Blue

Namazzi Blue, 55cm x 75cm
Namazzi Blue

With springs in her feet she jumps, bounces and leaps for joy as she watches the rain, rivers, streams and fountains, intrigued by their movement and ever changing nature.  Impressions in her mind that later can be seen on paper.  A tremendous amount of tools and brushes lie before her, a collection that has slowly built over the last year.  Thoughtfully picking out a few, Iris experiments with rolling, stamping, smudging, dabbing and carefully sponging the paint creating a beautiful effect.  I am reminded of a rippling stream, you can almost hear it.

Kuendelea

Kuendelea, 55cm x 75cm

Kuendelea
Iris is listening to her favourite African music while she paints, making me laugh as I watch her body sway to the music.  Cloaked in blue cotton with little tassels on her cape dancing to the beat.  Her arms shoot out this way and that as she works quickly from one side of the paper to the other.  Then disaster strikes! Her cape drapes into the paint and spreads it’s mark across the paper.  Iris is in shock, standing perfectly still for a while as I make a plan to help her.  First by trying to get as much of it off her cape as possible, she points to the paper and I give her a hug telling her that it will be alright, we will sort it out.  She is miserable and I have to take her away into another room to calm her down and we leave the painting to dry.  Later when all is well again, the cape washed and dried, she returns to her painting and I fill with pride as I watch her try again.  This time she uses the sponges to create different effects on the paper and a beautiful image grows and evolves before my eyes.  A dramatic and incredibly expressive painting lies before her on the coffee table in the kitchen.  So here it is, Iris’s new Painting called ‘Kuendelea’ a Swahili name meaning growth and evolution.

Kumbengo

‘Kumbengo’ 55cm x 75cm
Kumbengo

Iris’s latest painting is on the table still drenched from the last layer of blue.  Little pockets of orange appear as she dabs a sponge here and there, something takes her attention and she moves off into her play room, she hands me the remote control and wants me to replay a programme she has been watching.  It’s called ‘Zingzillas’ and it features a man playing an African harp called the Kora.  She finds the unusual sound of this instrument fascinating and watches the skillful musician play at ease with just his thumbs and index fingers plucking at the strings.  Again and again she wants to see the clip of him playing, while darting back to the kitchen to check on her painting, adding splashes of white that seep into the thick watercolour paper.  Later that day she seems more settled and starts to add some more detail to the painting, creating rhythmic patterns.  Dancing as she paints, using her stamp in a beat to music only to be heard in her head but can now be seen on the paper.  So after some thought I wanted to name this one ‘Kumbengo’ an African term meaning rhythm of the Kora.