Saturday, 28 July 2012

Who is watching?

So it has been a while since I have posted anything, but here's a painting.

Acrylic in canvas, 2010, 8" x 8".

Apologies for the wonkiness of the photo. This person could be anyone, and was never intended to be somebody specific. They represent the feeling of always being watched, a feeling I lived with for a long time in different ways. I still sometimes feel this way, but definitely to a much lesser extent that I did at the time of painting this in early 2010.


  1. Hey friend,
    Very interesting and yes, it can be one's own perception of your art. I find it most encouraging that you don't feel watched as much as you once felt. If someone watches out for you in a reassuring way, that's good :)
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Do you feel like the colored squares surrounding the face represent anything?

  3. Thank you both for your comments.

    I hadn't thought about people watching out for me in a positive way, but of course this painting could have either meaning. It is all a matter of perception. I too am glad to see the back of the endless paranoia that took over my life for so long, but I am only grateful that my painting was (and still is) a positive coping strategy and way to express myself. I do hope my art can be seen as a positive light on the dark times of mental illness.

    The coloured squares are meant to be bricks, but I didn't want to be traditional and paint them brown. The face is looking through a hole in the wall (though sadly not the kind that gives us money), watching every aspect of life. I suppose I just wanted a bit of colour. Perhaps a way of expressing my individuality?