Rapture: Last painting for 2008

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Rapture, mixed media on canvas, 600 x 1200
The last painting for this year: Rapture.

From November 2007 I lived and worked in Cains, in the Far North of Queensland. The tropics. Hot, humid and familiar. With Clemens, his son Casper and the big big dog Angelo in their bungalow with the huge back yard. Angelo now weighs 36 kg. I am 63, but not kilos.

On this canvas I used all the little figures I found scattered around left over from earlier paintings. A cut-out of a little man, some green leaves and the profile of a face. Now stuck on the canvas some with an actual 'rubbing' of a shablone.

I do thank God I went to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, I thank Mr. Gilhuis and Mr. Houtepen, two of my teachers who taught us to play with scissors, paper and glue. Nietwaar Jos!!! We, Jos Tigges and I, were the babies of the class of '63. Or was it 36...

Imagine living in 1936.

I don't know where this painting will take me as I only started yesterday. Certainly our little pussy cat, Twoface will be remembered. Twoface was killed in her own front yard by a marauding dog.

But now we have a dog of our own, ... Angelo ... Or actually 'Senhor Angelo M. (Angelo)'... So somewhere I'll add a little Angelo.

What else did 2008 bring us?

Barak Obama for the US. Kevin Rudd for AU. Iceland is broke and Ireland is not. If I had had shares? Who knows?

When I was a student in The Hague I worked a few nights a week in an expensive Indonesian restaurant; 'Garuda', Kneuterdijk. As a male and an European male at that, I only got the job working with the all female cook crew in the kitchen because I spoke Indonesian. Passar Malay, the market language, not Behasa Malay. Anyway, the kokkies (cooks) mostly invested their savings in gold. Something like a bangle or bracelet.

Now the world is back again hoarding gold for that rainy day. But you cannot eat gold. When the time comes and you are hungry, a bit of bread has more value than gold.

Petrol from nearly 200 now back to 47 and the rich oil producing countries want it back up to 75 to give them a fair margin on costs.

Did I say rich countries? I am told that Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is investing in 'Renewable energy' too: In 2009 they will have 550, yes; 550 solar powered comfortably air conditioned BUS SHELTERS fitted with the latest techno gadgetry.Twoface with her kittens

Our government has given all those considered disadvantaged a magnificent Christmas present; Pensioners, the disabled, mums with babies and the Carers who look after the sick and helpless, kids with only a mum and other 'casualties' of this era get from $1100 up per person with clear instructions from Kevin Rudd, PM, to S-P-E-N-D, spend and spend as if there is no tomorrow 'to get things rolling again'. Does he know something I don't?

But $1400 extra for Christmas for a struggling painter will get all manner of things rolling again here. The 'exhibition enabler' for Armidale 2009 some 2400km south from here. One way.

Spend it, spend it to get things rolling again, he says. This PM is a natural for good PR.

In this case, he is the natural Santa Claus.

I thank you all for your interest and comments. No doubt 2009 will be another year full of surprises.

A Happy New Year, full of the best kind of surprises then...