We are captive on the carousel of time…


We can only look behind…on the carousel of time.

This Throwback Thursday, I am reminded, by an old song, of years passing.

When, for a second time,  I sketched my oldest grandchild, I hummed Abba’s lyrics, "Slipping Through my Fingers", for days. The first portrait I painted of her is posted at the end of this blog entry.

So, as I look back to this youngest grandchild who will be seven on Saturday, I think of Joni Mitchell's song, The Circle Game.


pointillism - Christmas 2013

Christmas (2013). Mixed media on 6 X 9 Watercolour Bee Paper.


I am captive on the carousel of time.

Certainly, there is a kind of melancholy that sets in when I see how quickly my grandchildren are growing. Isn't that the case with all of us? We are all captive on the carousel of time. And the reality of the whirlwind of years going by, is captured in photos, and now, in my paintings as well.

In 2013, I set myself a goal of painting my grandchildren with Prismacolor pencils. As you can see, it took me three years to have all three completed. Of course, I didn't work on each for a whole year, but it sure felt like it!

Cooling off 2010 - prismacolor
Prismacolor portrait - completed in summer 2013

Back then, I had not started using acrylics and other mediums. I worked with pencils only, a very time consuming, labour intensive project.

Looking back on these portraits, I see many errors. However, I am satisfied that I met my goal. They capture something of a likeness of the children. At the time, it was the best I could do.

I was only at the beginning of this artistic adventure of mine, and so I share the photos with mixed feelings.

As June comes to an end, and two birthdays are celebrated, I think of the seasons and the years going "round and round".

framed Cooling off 2010- Prismacolor pencil

Cooling Off - framed and gifted in 2013.

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

- Joni Mitchell (Canadian singer and songwriter)

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    • Thanks Sally. I am glad I got them done in less than three years! I think I was more focused when I had only coloured pencils as supplies. Now that I have so much choice, sometimes, I don’t know where to start! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I look forward to opening up my WordPress dashboard to see what you have written! xx

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