Penguin Stomach – AVAILABLE The way I work is to approach a canvas without any predetermined ideas. I put many organic lines on, layering them as I rotate the canvas till a form catches my eye. This approach means that what I see is subconsciously authentic and honest to me and emerges in a very organic way. For some reason, what comes forth are most often animals. And the animal that appears most frequently is birds – or bird men. I am not sure why, however, this is a character – or characters – I have been drawing since I was a child. In this particular case, we see the birdman, a penguin, with a full stomach. The stomach is full of swirls and lines which have not been turned into a specific figurative object and remain abstract. The dense swirls and forms in the stomach of the bird can be regarded as a positive suggestion of potential, meaning we have this potential within us that is sometimes locked in. We need to create a balance between us and the outside so that our potential diffuses inwards and outwards – thus leading into a more balanced and ‘light’ life. Overall, I would see this painting as a reminder of how we can improve ourselves and shed ourselves of tangled things that make us feel bloated. 72×75 cm. Acrylic paint and oil paint and oil paint on wood.