Festive Jollities…

A sadly departed pal used to be quite grumpy about what he called ‘festive jollities’ and though I tried to look more sanguine when he said it I tended secretly to feel the same.  In my dotage I’m taking a more relaxed view of it and, as I believe the young folk say, ‘going with the flow’  In fact giving the festive music full rein in the house I’m rather taken with this track that somehow I’d hitherto never come across – I offer it as seasons greetings…

Content…

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What constitutes content in abstraction will, I suspect, always evade us.  Damn good job too.  It is probably one of the handful of things that can sustain painting as an activity in the contemporary world.  Anyway this is a detail from a picture I’m working on now – and in my head it has something of a festive feel to it.  So I’m using it as my way to wish all a very contented yuletide.  I always struggled with Christmas as a youngster…I felt trapped by the shut down of ‘real life’…but now it seems to be a welcome (and all too brief) moment of calm in what seems now to be an increasingly sour and vulgar world.  I hope it gives all of you a sense of calm and contentment too…and comes with my very best wishes.