This ThinkingCat comes from left field. I watched a documentary (BBC Culture Show) about the issues surrounding painting a queen. Fascinating. How do you show them aging - can you be a woman and a monarch and be seen to be becoming weak or frail? Hard enough for a man - huge burden for a women (and no Dove 'real beauty' campaigns). Then photography came alone and after Victoria the oi polloi wanted to see their ruler and imagine they were just like them. If only it was that easy.
I have made a far more elaborate picture than most other ThinkingCats. It was an interesting exercise but it takes too long and frankly It lacks the spirit of some of the other ones I have done. I'll print one off to see how it looks up large.
That's part of the creative process - having a bit of a play - see what works and what doesn't.
Have got a bit behind uploading new stories. Will have to get cracking.
I rather like Leonard Cohen. Years ago I saw a film about him as a young poet in Canada. I thought maybe being a poet might be something worth becoming - mainly because I can't play an instrument and it might be a way to excite the media…and possibly some groupies. Mr Cohen has always had that - he still does at a time when most are contemplating mobility scooters and grandpa nappies.
I was asked by a friend to make a picture of Cohen. So I did.