Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Daryl Austin, The Milk thistle painting, 2006/7, oil on linen, 81 x 101 cm.

If noticed, any weed is only recognised by what it is not and the cultivator's belief that it should not be there at all.
Which,are for me the much needed attributes required of paintings at present. Neither what people immediately recognise nor what they particularly want.
It's about operating counter to the prevailing cultivator and persisting.


  1. Sonchus oleraceus...delicious as salad [or boiled if you're Maori], useful mordant plant as well as having medical applications. commonly known as the Sow thistle [the Milk thistle is rather fiercer and has purple flowers]. certainly worthy of a portrait.

  2. just found and LOVE your work.
    I reposted a story of 'yours' on my blog too>

    Thank you!