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01 July 2010 – Goldfish


David Poole, Tafadzwa Mukwashi and Dominic Peters

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – NIETZSCHE

It feels wonderful to be painting again. When I removed the dust off my easel, and took the brushes and paints out of their boxes, I knew that my path had become confused, muddy and had reached an impasse. It was time to strike out in any direction. It didn’t matter if I failed, again. The key was just to move, and to keep moving.

And a new trail presents itself, and it is Facing a CenturyFacing a Century is a collection of portraits I have started and in honour of new beginnings, it is out with the old pursuit of photo-realism (although I will always love my earlier works). I am trying out different things because that is the great thing about being an artist, you can do what you want. I have been thinking a lot about life in the last two years, and defining moments in it. The moments when I have really felt like Taf and not like I was just getting on with life. And then I thought it would be great to capture some of those moments for 100 people.

So Facing a Century is not a collection of posed portraits of the style favoured by our favourite dictators through history. It is about moments. And the individuals in the paintings know what those moments mean to them.

So I have set up a grid of 100 squares to be filled by 100 paintings here. The first of these squares has been filled by Dominic Peters and David Poole of Goldfish. I have discovered electric orange thanks to the Fishies. I had been listening to Goldfish long before I had even thought of painting them or had met them. They are exceptional musicians (between the two of them they can play the double bass, sax, keyboard and they do their own production and engineering) and their music makes me happy. Simple as that. I dance around to their music when I’m alone and even when I am not, I end up dancing like no one can see me anyway. To understand what Nietzsche meant when he said, “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”, you really just have to listen to Goldfish. It’s all linked isn’t it – music, art, dancing, life, electric orange, fish.

The second portrait is of Seth Rotherham of 2oceansvibe. He honestly has a vibe. (I’m not trying to sell anything here, everyone knows artists can’t sell anything even if they tried). But the cool thing is he spreads that vibe around and makes people around him feel good too. A drink with Seth at the Cape Royale will make you remember to look at the sunset every evening. I follow 2oceansvibe and I am really looking forward to the launch of a daily 2oceansvibe radio soon. Seth supports musicians and other artists and photographers. Plus his blog is pretty funny but I’ll let you discover that for yourselves.

The next portrait I am working on is…I don’t know, I just think I’m going to like it madly.

[We need YOUR face to make it to 100 portraits. Email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)sketchbooktrails.com to become a part of Facing a Century.]

-Taf

Featured Image: David Poole, Tafadzwa Mukwashi & Dominic Peters

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