Twelve Jars

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy
to be where they are,
whether it be away on holidays
or at home in the garden –
With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home,
with your family, in your home
which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them,
the hope that tomorrow things may change
This hope makes them keep trying
just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life
is not as bad as it may sometimes seem.
If it were to change,
would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be,
there is always one
which is much bigger and much better.
The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult
to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and
enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything!
And yet they lock themselves away,
whether it be a teenager in the family
wanting ”To be left alone”,
a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse
or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home
is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind,
but more like us moving our jar to a different location.
We have new outside pressures,
but most of our possessions
and our basic jar goes with us
when we go.

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Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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Eight plus Twelve Jars

FRUSTRATION
He can see what he wants, but he can’t have it!

SEVERE FRUSTRATION
Not only can he see what he wants, but the tools he needs to break the glass and get what he wants are outside the jar.

MIND OVER MATTER
You can use your mind to escape from the jar. You can study and learn to levitate out of the jar.
You can use your mind to study, get a highly paid job and increase both your social and economic standing.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you wait long enough you will float out. Outside forces may take a hand. You could win the lottery or inherit a fortune

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
They already have four
children, she is pregnant, one more child and they can climb out. If you can’t
succeed on your own, form a union or join a co-operative.

ESCAPE THRU’ THE ARTS
Some people can learn to sing a high C and crack the glass. Or while remaining in your jar you can escape in to a good book or be transported to a desert island, complete with palms. Personally when I listen to my favourite music I could be on a different planet!

TO BE DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
Being different , whether it be your colour, handicap or simply your eccentricity, which, by the way is only being different from the norm, can make one feel imprisoned by circumstances.
It is not easy.

LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS
This is just me being the eternal romantic. But love does have no boundaries, whether it be love for another person, ones country or another way of life, if the love is strong enough then there is nothing and no one it cannot overcome. Love is eternal.

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy to be where they are, whether it be away on holidays or at home in the garden – With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home, with your family, in your home which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them, the hope that tomorrow things may change – This hope makes them keep trying – just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life is not as bad as it may sometimes seem. If it were to change, would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be, there is always one which is much bigger and much better. The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything! And yet they lock themselves away, whether it be a teenager in the family wanting ”To be left alone”, a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind, but more like us moving our jar to a different location. We have new outside pressures, but most of our possessions and our basic jar goes with us when we go.

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
SEE ALSO 8 JARS and 8+12 JARS
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Come on Ireland

If you haven’t entered the gates
as one of forty five thousand!!
If you haven’t climbed the terraces
with huge excitement and expectation
If you haven’t swayed as one with the crowd
each time Ireland, again, win the ball
or roared in utter jubilation
as they score once more!
If you haven’t shouted “Come on Ireland”
when your team could actually hear you
If you haven’t filed down the steps
again brimming over with pride
at your country’s finest performance
whether win or draw or even loose!
If you haven’t
Then you can’t imagine what it feels like
to be a part of a crowd – like this!!

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550mm x 450mm – Large – 2004
Limited Edition Print 1/500
Signed and numbered
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If I only had time

Not only would I save the Whale (27)
Recycle everything (33)
and grow my own vegetables (15)
But it always seems to be “Time”
or the lack of it which prevents me
from doing these worthwhile things
which make a difference to my
environment and that of my children.
My “Quality of life”
and that of others around me
is neglected because
I do not have enough time
To begin with for myself:
I would learn Yoga  (34)
take better care of my body (17)
and learn to play the piano (35)
For those around us – How often do we say?
“I’ll call in and see you soon”
“We must get together next week” (22)
or
“The children don’t know their own cousins!”
We are free, we can choose
Perhaps it  is time to look differently
at how we spend our “Time”
and to make conscious decisions about
how to spend it
instead of constantly saying
“If I only had time………………..

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550mm x 450mm – Large – Limited Edition 1/500 – 1998
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The Party

All your best friends
a selection of strangers for variety
loads of good food, drink and powerful music
Put them all in a large house
and
you should have a Great Party

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Quantum leap

History is written as we live it
Slow steady progress inevitably inexorably
takes each of us forward
But sometimes…….
When we reach for something much higher
When we stretch our resolve even further
When we push past previous limits……
to beyond
just sometimes….
It is possible to exceed all expectations……
to realise our very dreams

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1/750
2010
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No longer an only child

Our only son wanted a brother or sister
but when expecting a second child there is the worry
will he feel unwanted or resent having to share his parents
with a new baby who needs a lot of attention ?
This little story was to show that an only child can get what he wants
a brother or sister to play with
and still be equally loved………………………….

In the beginning there were a couple
who had a baby whom they loved
then they got pregnant
and had another baby
who needed a lot of attention
but they still loved their first child just as much
and became an even more happy family!

(Now no-one has to sleep in a room all alone)
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2015
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Take the plunge

The people on the ledges represent
those ready to take the plunge!
The height, from which you step off into the unknown,
represent the level of difficulty you are attempting
The rectangular columns below
represent the options you are attempting
and the spaces between represent failure
The people at the very top are gambling all
hoping for the greatest reward
The blindfolded couple on the right
are hoping to get married
The ones on the lowest ledges
are only taking a small chance
hoping to get away without a parachute
some do – some don’t
Both the “ Give up the day job” and the “Promotion”
columns have someone just climbing on to them
and someone else hanging on to the attempt
by their fingertips – They all make it
but sometimes it takes a huge effort
The person jumping up and down has just won the Lotto
and those sitting or lying down are taking a rest
before continuing the fight
The blindfolds represent the enormity of the attempt
Taking on a partner for the rest of your life
is a huge gamble – you can not possibly know how you both develop and change through all those years – although when it does work – it is great
The parachutes represent preparation, readiness or support from outside – For example if it is a ground breaking new business venture you are attempting then if you cover all the possibilities and use caution you can succeed – Or if your marriage is in trouble there are Friends/family/councillors and if all else fails divorce – to save you – Listed above are options – there are several empty columns so feel free – add your own
We are constantly faced with opportunities and decisions and there must be something
you have always wanted to try
If you do not try, you can not succeed
So go on!
Take the plunge….now

 

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Limite Edition Print
1/500
2000
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We’ll meet again

So many relationships are filled with times spent apart
This little story about being together goes like this……..
The day finally comes when they will be together again and They meet
There is so much to say – so much news to catch up on
So many questions need to be answered
They sit and talk for hours
They spend all day – every day – together
And every night too
There is never enough time!!!
and all too soon it’s time to say “Goodbye” again
but knowing we’ll meet again helps
and perhaps the next time
there will be no “Goodbye”

 

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Limited Edition Print
1/500
1999
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Against all odds

This is the one that goes……
After being struck by lightning, the ground falling out from under you
while being stuck on a ledge with a poisonous snake having to swing out of a rope which is too short
over shark infested waters and expected to swing tarzan style onto an impossibly precarious platform
from which you are expected to dive into a river
which immediately turns into a roaring waterfall inhabited by a large white hungry bear
with only a log to cling on to as you traverse the afore mentioned shark infested water
and then to be greeted on the beach by a friendly native AND a tiger……
The next chapter would then begin……..
After escaping all the perils our hero…………………..
But it is true that no matter how dire the current catastrophy seems to be
Against all odds mankind has a knack of surviving
Heros pluck drowning children from swollen rivers
and Mothers lift impossible weights to save thier children
A few days after you thought there was no way out
You wonder why you worried at all
So if things look bad now……. hold on

 

©
Limite Edition Print
1/500
2000
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Against all odds

If you are having a bad day

or week or year

Where bad turns to worse

and Life is uphill

When things look bleak

where ends just won’t meet

Look on the bright side and always

remember………

No matter how dire

the current calamity seems to be

Against all odds mankind

has a knack of surviving!

Heros pluck drowning children

from swollen rivers and

Mothers lift impossible

weights to save their children

So take heart!

The day WILL come

when looking back

You wonder why you worried at all

So if things look bad now…….

just hold on!!

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Limite Edition Print
1/750
2015
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THE CHALLENGE

Mankind has always loved a challenge
Ever since he won the fight for survival
thousands of years ago
he has sought to replace
the instinctive need to fight – to win!
Throughout all areas of our world
the strongest will survive
games were invented to test the mind
and competitions for physical supremacy
exist within all civilisations
from the beginning of time
Our games and competitions
are just different
So if you want to race down a mountain
faster than anyone else
Make your first million
by the time you are thirty
Be the first to climb the highest mountain
or conquer the roughest sea
If you want to spend your life
in the seemingly impossible search for
a cure to disease
or if you just want to play
one round of perfect golf!
Relax and enjoy the challenge
and remember you are only obeying
a natural instinct ………!

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Limited Edition Print
1/950
2001 

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