My artwork celebrates the light in the world around us. My artwork celebrates you.
Pink flamingo's are not pink naturally. This was news to me until very recently during a conversation with an old boss of mine who had travelled to Kenya in an area that had flocks of wild flamingo's. Apparently the flamingo's environment and what they eat (including algae and small crustaceans), over time changes their white to grey feathers into everything from a pinky, orange to a deep red and on an extremely rare occasion even black. Wouldn't I love to see a black flamingo!!
Learning this, put flamingo's higher on my radar these past few years. I had never had any urge to paint them and suddenly their outlines and reflections seem to start appearing on my canvas and I simply saw them everywhere I turned. Something about them being a product of their environment in a good way, struck a cord with me. After all, who wouldn't love pink feathers?
It is known that we humans take on things in our environment and wear them like pink feathers. Food, books, music, people and even thoughts shape and change you. There are days the things around me and in my head start to make me feel a dingy, grey brown colour. I'm recognising this more and more and will now switch gears and go for coffee with that friend who makes me smile or go sit on the water and breath in the deep blue of the sea. It works. These days I might even go buy myself a new bright pink top.
So if your world is looking a bit dingy, think about the pink flamingo's and consider what you have around you that might be impacting your feather colours.
Drop me a note and let me know what you do to surround yourself with positive good vibes.
Cory Acorn is a fine artist living and painting in Port Stephens, Australia.