PETER´S PAINTINGS 2

With some explanations by Peter


The artist

The Artist
was chosen  as the cover art for the first ITL album "The garden of mysteries".  I actually made this one in three different versions of which the very first one was a zinc etching and the other two  closely related vari- ations  in water colors.



The way to Ratby

The Way to Ratby is one of several illustrations meant for an unpublished book of the same name which I wrote between the ages of 12 and 19. You could say that right from the beginning to the very end it's a homage to Lewis Carrol´s "Alice in wonderland" and "Through the looking glass", picking up on all the whimsical nonsense and dreamlike visionary of his masterpiece. Though in my story there are more animals involved, like rats, mice, ants and even a talking pile of menu cards!




In her father's garden was another book I tried to write after I had completed 'The way to Ratby', but without much success. It did however give way to a couple of songs and several illustrations such as this one.



The opium witch
         
The Opium Witch is one of my illustrations from the mid seventies made with a combination of Winsor & Newton and Schmninke water colours. I initially painted it to give away to a girlfriend who was dangerously close to falling into drug abuse but eventually it ended up in my parents home instead.


The opium witch - detail of girl

Detail from the same painting where, with a cunning eye, you will notice I never quite completed it, having left out the hand of the little girl - maybe so she would never go so far as to pick those toxic toadstools in front of her!


Baby in a room

Baby in a room is me when I was a wee lad of eight months or so, here filling  up this confined bit of space and looking as if I´d be ever so happy to get out of my cage! For this painting, which was done using plain and simple tempera blocks on a piece of paper thick as cardboard, I made use of two very old photos, one of me the baby and one of the pendulum clock in the background, which once stood in the living room of my late grand parents villa.



                    The happy house wife
The happy housewife was something I did back in the early seventies to illustrate my growing reluctance towards the so called average society and all the shackles and limitations associated with it, even though this was really more on the whimsical side.


Visitor from the woods

Visitor from the woods was intended as a fusion of two worlds where I melded together mythological creatures of the mysterious North along with urban every day life.


Billy Buld in the forest


Billy Bulb was the character of a children's book I was working on around 1971, a project which eventually flaunted but which I am hoping to pick up on and eventually complete. The story was based around a little light bulb boy who was unable to glow and who sub- sequently ventured out into the world asking the sun, the moon, the stars, even the aurora borealis and the fire flies how they did it, hence hoping for a solution of some kind. At the end of the story he will have an encounter with lightning,  an experience which can be most frightening!




Towers 2
     
Towers in the second version before all the menacing clouds came along. I made three versions of this though these lighthouse like buildings had a habit of popping up a little here and there in those early years.


 





The Rat was a character of an unpublished novel which I wrote in the
1960s, one which I called "The way to Ratby".





Sunset in the outback was one of many paintings I made back
in those happy days of living Down under in sunny Western Australia,
which in this case would have been in the rural town of Katanning.



City by night

City by night is something I put together quite haphazardly on a piece of cardboard using various kinds of material and utensils. Unintentionally my name is apparent just over the sky line, something I actually discovered for the first time when I had recently captured this image on camera.

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