Saturday, October 15, 2011

#5 Dislike

It was my turn to choose our most recent prompt for the Monthly Painters' Challenge, and after a lot of consideration throughout the previous month I chose 'dislike'. I know it proved to be quite challenging to other members of the group, and it did for me at first too. I don't think you can help but start to think about your own work before announcing the topic, but my initial thoughts were of portraying a celebrity or politician I don't like, and I ended up going in an entirely different direction from that as the month progressed.

I've wanted to do some work relating to my ankylosing spondylitis (a form of arthritis) for some time, and realised this was a good opportunity to begin. You can read a post about my disease here. The spine was an obvious image to include, as it's the joints between each bone which are affected by my condition, and I added two female figures stretching their arms above their heads.

I've called my painting 'Cinders' due to both the ashy grey pencil and white acrylic I used, and also as a play on the word 'inflammation'. From Google, 'Cinders' is defined as A small piece of partly burned coal or wood that has stopped giving off flames but still has combustible matter in it. Most of my pain  and inflammation from the disease has stopped now thanks to the injections I now take, but the damage is still there and is something I'll have to deal with for the rest of my life regardless of whether or not the medication continues to work.

ALICE JONES
"Cinders"
Acrylic and Pencil on Watercolour Paper
30 x 42cm
POA




12 comments:

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I really like this, those hands are ridiculously amazing!

Lauren
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Caitlin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this...the hands are amazing. This kind of sketching is so far above my head, I am muy impressed!

Phoebe said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i really really love this alice! you're so talented.

t said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Cool piece!

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Kat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh wow, that's amazing! The hands and faces are really beautiful.

My husband has the same type of arthritis as you, although not nearly as bad. His Mum has it but it didn't affect him until after getting a stomach infection and not getting antibiotics quick enough (his immune system went nuts basically). He currently takes methotrexate which is not a nice drug at all. I'm going to ask him if he know about the injections you have!

Rhiannon said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is such an amazing piece!! Your drawings are so detailed; I love! <3

Jo and Sue said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you're skilled!

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GlamorousGirl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

love those pictures!

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Hilary Nussbaum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you have such an amazing gift!! so awesome of you to go out and share it with all of your readers. your blog is so great!! :))

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Anna J said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is an amazing painting Alice! Will you sell this painting?

Alice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! I haven't really decided- if someone wants to purchase it they are welcome to contact me! :-)

Anna J said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well, no pressure! But if you do decide to sell, let me know; I am quite keen :)