Francis Bacon T-Shirt – The simple joy of painting
January 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This Francis Bacon T-Shirt is not only damn well correct (well, he was a very smart cookie), but it’s also very pleasing to look at. And tonight, I’m going to do a little bit of painting, and I’m going to love it.
Every day my brain creates billions of thoughts. So many that I can barely hear myself think. So many that by the end of the day, I’m overwhelmed by them. It’s not a boast, but a lament. If you’ve got a high IQ and a touch of dyslexia like me, you may know exactly what I mean. It’s like drowning in your own brain. Well, when I get home tonight, I’m going to empty my mind of thoughts. Buddha did this by sitting under a bodhi tree and saying “Om” (so I understand). I do this by painting. I let my imagination take over and I let it do something simple. Now, this is no state to compose a masterpiece in. I don’t think I could approach a canvas in that state. No, I’m going to paint something the needs nothing else than a fraction of my imagination and a steady hand. I’ve got some Grey Knight Terminators to work on (look it up if you don’t know – Man dollies of the nerdiest order) and I’m going to enjoy the simple process of following lines and practicing effects. This is not art, but painting. Every now and again, I will get a canvas prepared and test my imagination to the max, but tonight, I want to relax with a quiet, geeky little project that will calm my nerves, chill me out, and get me through another day. If I do that, and keep going, then eventually, I’ll get to the stage where I can tackle something more artistically complex, but tonight I want simple. I’m sure Francis would have understood. I paint because I want to be loved too (sounds like a slight contradiction when it’s this geeky), but I also paint because sometimes, I like to forget that love even exists, along with the rest of the world. I seek only oblivion in a small room.
This wonderfully illustrated Painting T-Shirt is brought to you by culturelabel.com. It costs £19.80, sizes range from small to XL, and it comes in grey. There are also some more colourful kids’ versions on the site too. So, I suggest, if you’re feeling stressed, you should go and do something simple, quietly fun and good for you. Enjoy your evenings.