Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bridgend


acrylic on paper 8x11"
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another look at the darker side of wales,
Bridgend a town in the south,hit by the closure of the coal mines
resulting in mass unemployment and social problems,including drug-use.
huge housing estates with teenagers having no future,only boredom...

9 comments:

jinksy said...

This painting and your comment brings to mind the phrase 'through a glass darkly'. It does feel as though there is a barrier - did you paint it looking through a window?

rob ijbema said...

hi jinksy,no it was painted from a very bad photo...
however the way i'm feeling at the moment you could say painted through a mind darkly

René PleinAir. said...

You don't have to paint it from a very bad photo, you can find these picture everywhere on the Internet.

I am sorry though Rob, but this is a cozy painting, great lead inn
nice S scape composition, an a neat little touch of that car. Can't help it I find it a pleasing painting.

rob ijbema said...

aaaaargh
what do i have to do to do a miseable painting???
i feel crap enough but....i suppose there is beauty in sadness

René PleinAir. said...

You never gonna paint anything else then, ...... yourself.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Rob, relax, maybe you're not old enough yet to do a "miserable painting". ~:-D he, he, he
I think anyway with those kind of "aerial views" it's always difficult to convey an emotional dimension. When you go down into the towns and see the graffiti, the destruction, places boarded up, then that's going to give you the feeling. But do you want to do that?
PS: we all feel crap from time to time and sometimes we are crap and sometimes we're ok and sometimes we're more than ok.

rob ijbema said...

and the seasons within
rene

rob ijbema said...

hahaha,you know it!sheila
you are more than ok

i'am thinking about going
take some pics,paint a bit.
it might cheer me up!
soak up the grey drizzle...

mind you were getting snow so...

Stephen Magsig said...

The painting and comment remind me of Detroit. I agree with Sheila. We do paint ourselves. Take some pics and move some paint. Warm regards, Stephen