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Humple-Bubber
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I’m not someone who always loved painting. I discovered painting like some sort of addictive drug in my late teens. Creative inspiration would grab me and not let me go. As far as possible I would pursue it obsessively day and night until it was complete, or else ruined in the exhaustion of the early hours. I did practice, but I soon reached a stage where artwork was pretty much internal, and what was produced was not only unplanned but often, a complete mystery. Nothing was ever as good as it would have been, if I’d known what I was painting, before I started. But that was how I worked.

I spent a lot of time writing books and stories using the same irrational method. I spent years unravelling the impossible plot of an improbable internal fantasy, which resembled nothing so much, as a tangled ball of multicoloured string. I was interested in finding enlightenment, in the tarot, in magic. I had the idea of creating stories that joined up with themselves in which profound messages could be placed. Out of these stories emerged Humple-Bubber, a wise navigator of my fictional esoteric worlds in which reality was transforming under the influences of unknown forces, and characters battled with the uncertainty of discovering that that they were not real but invented by another.

Most recently I have been painting fairies-don’t ask me why. It started from some idle whim or momentary impulse, dabbling with the watercolours I had been bought some years before. Soon I’d painted another, then another. Now I have a whole collection.

I’ve discovered that people love fairies, or are obsessed by fairies. I’ve found that there are fairy festivals around the world, and that people love nothing more than dressing up as fairies or strapping wings to their back. There are fairy costumes, fairy merchandise and of course fairy magic. There are even people who believe in fairies.

In my wildest moments, I realise I am one of them.

I have been trying to revamp my old gallery here on dA and doing a lot with Photoshop.  I took an old picture of mine called White fairy which I always liked and I was going to cut out the background and do something with it.   However I was really disappointed to discover that the face wasn’t very good, and that I obviously wasn’t as good at painting as I thought I was back then.  I decided to paint a new woman from scratch and attach a pair of wings to her.  This is what I started to do.

Unfortunately, when my tastefully naked woman was painted, I wondered whether adding wings was merely an excuse to attempt to legitimise the subject matter.  Isn’t the painting of naked women by a middle aged male artist a rather sorry and sordid matter in this modern age?   And isn’t adding wings in an attempt to divert attention away from this fact a very obvious and sadly Victorian solution? 

This is my dilemma and now I understand it, I’m not sure what to do. Should I devote myself instead to painting something neutral and safe such as plants and flowers and landscapes?  As an artist it easy to recognise the wonders of sunsets and mist and the reflections of shadows on ripples of water; or else the sombre magnificence of nightfall and the varying hues and  colours of  encroaching darkness. Flowers have such beautiful colours and shapes too with their unfurling petals opening up for inspection and such a delicious smell as you inhale.

But perhaps I should accept my new found understanding of my artistic nature and follow the white rabbit down the hole. Maybe I need to embrace feminine beauty and pursue the pleasures of soft curves and heaving bosoms; the soft moans of fleeting ecstatic moments, and the intimate cracks and crevices so assiduously explored elsewhere on this site?  Maybe it is just the sexual repression of the British and there is no real problem here.  It is merely what male artists have always done since time in memorial.

It seems absurd thinking about it.  Men with easels and paintbrushes and  some small skill at creating a likeness,  inviting young  women to lie down for them naked to have every square  inch subjected to intimate scrutiny in the name of art.  I should have thought of it earlier.

The truth is, I have misrepresented myself.  I am not an innocuous painter of the fairy folk or a high minded intellectual and academic.  I’m just another man, given to long periods of introspection suddenly discovering, a heart that beats.

  • Listening to: Birdsong
  • Reading: Exam papers
  • Drinking: Ceylon tea

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I have been trying to revamp my old gallery here on dA and doing a lot with Photoshop.  I took an old picture of mine called White fairy which I always liked and I was going to cut out the background and do something with it.   However I was really disappointed to discover that the face wasn’t very good, and that I obviously wasn’t as good at painting as I thought I was back then.  I decided to paint a new woman from scratch and attach a pair of wings to her.  This is what I started to do.

Unfortunately, when my tastefully naked woman was painted, I wondered whether adding wings was merely an excuse to attempt to legitimise the subject matter.  Isn’t the painting of naked women by a middle aged male artist a rather sorry and sordid matter in this modern age?   And isn’t adding wings in an attempt to divert attention away from this fact a very obvious and sadly Victorian solution? 

This is my dilemma and now I understand it, I’m not sure what to do. Should I devote myself instead to painting something neutral and safe such as plants and flowers and landscapes?  As an artist it easy to recognise the wonders of sunsets and mist and the reflections of shadows on ripples of water; or else the sombre magnificence of nightfall and the varying hues and  colours of  encroaching darkness. Flowers have such beautiful colours and shapes too with their unfurling petals opening up for inspection and such a delicious smell as you inhale.

But perhaps I should accept my new found understanding of my artistic nature and follow the white rabbit down the hole. Maybe I need to embrace feminine beauty and pursue the pleasures of soft curves and heaving bosoms; the soft moans of fleeting ecstatic moments, and the intimate cracks and crevices so assiduously explored elsewhere on this site?  Maybe it is just the sexual repression of the British and there is no real problem here.  It is merely what male artists have always done since time in memorial.

It seems absurd thinking about it.  Men with easels and paintbrushes and  some small skill at creating a likeness,  inviting young  women to lie down for them naked to have every square  inch subjected to intimate scrutiny in the name of art.  I should have thought of it earlier.

The truth is, I have misrepresented myself.  I am not an innocuous painter of the fairy folk or a high minded intellectual and academic.  I’m just another man, given to long periods of introspection suddenly discovering, a heart that beats.

  • Listening to: Birdsong
  • Reading: Exam papers
  • Drinking: Ceylon tea

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macnell Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016   General Artist
cute thanks for popping over 
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macnell Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016   General Artist
Humple-Bubber is a nice piece of prose
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BlueCaroline Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci beaucoup for the watch, Professor !

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Ferelwing Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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Thanks for favoring:)
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