Eighty four points
And a 28:1 pleasure to pain ratio
A selection of the pleasure
Oil on canvas – radical idea
I paint. With oils. For fun.
I stand there and intuitively put oil paint onto canvas, usually very thickly, with a palette knife
For me it’s less about what they look like, though that seems ridiculous, given that looking at them is pretty much all you can do and people do say things like ‘Wow, I love that!” when they see them
And people do see things in them; the sea, a hill, the horizon, a landscape, though that’s not what I tried to paint
But I think it’s more about what people feel when they look at them, they seem to feel the energy the pictures give off
Painting in this way is one of my greatest pleasures
When I love what’s happening on the canvas I can get really excited, making such moans of pleasure, that anyone outside of the room hearing me, might think twice about coming in
I know *blushes*
I only ever paint like this for myself
But other people like the pictures as well. And I’ve been commissioned to do one.
And it’s been suggested that I sell them*
(Calm colour for that, staying calm)
I would never have thought to sell them
I had an initial hot flush of terror with accompanying thoughts of ‘these are naive and embarrassing, you can not do that, you’ll make a complete laughing stock of yourself”
But the people who said they loved them (before they knew I painted them) were convincing
Convincing enough for me to go ahead and offer them for sale.
If some people love them then that’s enough for me
And I suppose there would eventually have come a day when I had no wall space left.
And I have really enjoyed just giving them away when people said ‘wow, I love that’
I’ve taken my first steps
Using just my point and shoot camera I photographed them and put them onto a webpage so they can be seen
That, my friends, is possibly one of the more radical things I’ve done.
There’s still some matters to take care of ;
– I will get better photographs as there’s glare and blur and other problems
– What to call them eludes me
They’re kind of fresh and raw, and I don’t think of them as art. I haven’t found a word that does seem right though
And haven’t come up with a title for any of them either
Ha! I now have the highly imaginative, ‘intuitive abstract number 1’
– I’m also still at a loss as to how to put a price on them, any suggestions on how to do that would be very welcome
In the meantime I’m inviting offers, but I know that’s off-putting. If I don’t know how to price them, doesn’t seem fair to ask you to do it
– Postage pricing to work out
BUT they are visible
One of the most pleasurable parts about this, is if they do sell, and I receive an income from them, then I will be funding my time to do the pleasure research in a way that is a complete pleasure for me
It would be the complete perfect ‘Life as a Pleasure’ way of working
Wish me luck. Or make me an offer
* weird how it came about, ask if you’d like to know
My puss cat’s claws needed cut
I’ve been trying to do it myself or with assistance for at least 6 months, I haven’t been successful, even glancing over at the clippers sent her shooting out of the cat flap, and I was beginning to think I’d need to make a trip to the vet
She doesn’t much care for the cat basket and the car journey stresses her out badly so I’ve been hoping to avoid it
This week she’s been demanding quite a bit of time on my lap while I’ve been trying to work and she has quite a long padding, and clothes snagging, settling down process she goes through.
So I told her she could sit on my lap while I worked if she let me clip her claws. And then she let me!
A client this week suggested that I was over complicating my marketing materials
He suggested I just write
Pauline Esson Gold Nuggets
Because when we work together, you uncover the gold nugget of insight, seeing what stands between you and life as you want it to be
And he also said he doesn’t know anyone that doesn’t like gold so everyone would go for it
I love that
Look out for website changes (maybe)
I’m calling silent retreat on the pain this week
Thank you Havi for the bliss of silent retreat
For the first time in over 2 years I don’t think it will help to talk about the pain
Not this particular pain
It’s already been aired, here at the blog, and I’ve let the light get at it and it’s just going to take a fair bit longer to heal
So, I’d prefer not to talk about it today
Thank you. I knew you’d understand
How about you?
How’s your week been?
Come and share your pleasure and pain in the comments