the weed by Stephen Mclaren

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ink pen and acrylic on heavy cartridge paper 2001
20cm x 15cm
This drawing was me trying to release the anxiety and helplessness of life threatening illness.
I felt like my life was stuck in concrete when I had to recover from ulcerative colitis.. and often the concrete that held me was itself drifting towards and down a waterfall!
With Celtic art still a massive influence despite my three years of illness, this self portrait shows a man reduced to fighting angrily with a flower. I think I was angry at everything for a while!
I also see a man walking harmlessly along but he becomes entangled with a strange plant that tries to stop him in his tracks.
Nearly ten years on and the weed-killer survived!!

On the date 27th April 2011, this image had received 598 views. Thankyou to everyone for looking!!


self portrait, illness, survival, fight, anger, blue, monochrome

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  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutabout 5 years ago

    incredibly beautiful.I’d say what I love about it but I love everything about it!

  • Thankyou so much!! Im glad I put this on RB now!!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyabout 5 years ago


  • 8-)))))))))))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Oops, I think the weed getting a little out of hand…. I don’t recall seeing this rough style of pen and ink before from you. I like it though, and how you captured the light on him from top, left. Awww ch-it. I’m over-analyzing, why do we do that…. it’s a cool piece. :)

  • Which one is the weed?? Illness left me like this. I think more work on the flower to symbolise illness would be good but I never achieved a painting of this image. I saw the drawing last night and liked it though! Glad you like it too!!! Speak to you later!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacabout 5 years ago

    Just love it! Brightened my day and made me smile…. : )

  • How are you Jenny?? Thanks for looking!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonabout 5 years ago

    awsome! you have great draughtsmanship

  • Thanks Maria 8-))))))))

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Wow- A great piece Stephen !! x

  • Thanks Anita!! How are you?? Busy?? Your site looked great!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Hena Tayeb
    Hena Tayebabout 5 years ago

    great work.

  • Thanks for looking Hena!! You have a lovely collection of photos!! I hope you are busy doing more!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks!!! how are you geting on with oil paint?? If you want any tips, bubblemail me!!

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • OliveOil
    OliveOilabout 5 years ago

    This is incredible !!!

  • Im delighted that a sketch can get such lovely reactions!! Thankyou OliveOil!! (great name!!!)

    – Stephen Mclaren

  • Olga Romanova
    Olga Romanovaabout 5 years ago
    it*s good humour :)))
  • Thanks Roti!! It is a pun but a joke made from a sad time. Never a truer word said in jest…

    – Stephen Mclaren

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