At last we made the big move…to a beautiful mountain…one of our favourite places. Have 1/2 an acre of land, consequently lots of grass mowing! But I hope to fill a lot of the space with gardens. I think it will be an epic project; some years worth. The cooler climate makes it suitable to grow some trees like magnolias and rhododendrons, even maybe a japanese maple and weeping cherry, as well as many smaller shrubs and bulbs. It’s kind of a blank canvas really. I took a few pics yesterday (after the wet weather cleared up) so you can enjoy them. Things seem to grow very quickly on the volcanic red soil, especially after rain.
I’ve also worked on a couple more paintings which I’ll show you soon…so keep an eye out for those!
So…a new lifestyle, and hopefully a change for the better.
Here in sub tropical Australia we have wonderful winter days….mostly fine and with blue skies…morning temps a bit cool, but generally a great time of year. I’m just sharing with you a couple of pics; flowering grevilleas in the backyard, and our art/companion dog Jasper strolling in the nasturtiums. Happy!
Very happy to announce that my Mandalas are complete, and I’ll show you a couple here. It’s taken a lot of work, 100’s of hours in fact, and probably a year and a half, to be satisfied that they are ready. I’ll be introducing you to my new E commerce site in the next week or so, and all my art, including the Mandala series will be available there, for purchase.
The mandalas are digital artworks and I’ve truly enjoyed creating them despite difficulties…but that’s often part of the artist’s process. All these works are based on photos I’ve taken, and a couple of Taz’s I’ve used with her permission. My inspiration is nature, and the natural world. So here’s a few to whet your appetite….happy to know what you think!
This year has been very hectic, for many different reasons. I’ve recently caught up with my creativity again and have been making some new art! Today I photographed one I’ve completed so I’ll show you. It’s titled “Little boat harbour” and depicts the energy and light of Australian coastal boat harbours…I was reminded of these experiences; that of visiting coastal towns on various travels, and loving the quality of light on the water. The colours are heightened and bright; the sun is high. Perhaps I’m thinking about this as it’s winter here, and a bit chilly! Hope you enjoy, and remember, if want to purchase this painting, contact me. “Little boat harbour is priced at $875 (AUD) and measures 51×92 cm. It is ready to hang in your home right now!
I haven’t painted anything for 5-6 months….life has been difficult. My daughter had major surgery in December and is due for some final surgery soon. My mother also passed away early in the year….so there’s been a lot to deal with.
This week I felt inspiration rising again, after this great period of grief and distress, and have been able to take up the brush.
I started 2 works and have completed one, dealing with memories of the Australian summer and the powerful presence of the light and colour experienced in our coastal areas. “Byron trilogy: water, sky, beach” features dominant colours of yellow and blue, and spontaneous brushstrokes reflect the immediate experience of the coast at Byron Bay: the ocean and beach in vivid hues. It’s a joyous expression after a personal time of turmoil.
This week I’ve worked on a small piece, “Rockpool, Ballina” and I’m happy with the finished product. This piece alludes to memories of a favourite place to visit when my children were small. The rock pools at Flat Rock, near Ballina NSW, were full of delights if you waited patiently….tiny octopi, little bright fish, crabs, slow moving molluscs, starfish and the ubiquitous cunjovoi (sea squirts). What always intrigued me was the way the ocean flowed back into these pools at turn of tide, and refreshed life there. This is what I”m capturing in this painting…the gentle sparking flow of water that hid so many wonderful secrets. I’ve hinted at the presence of these creatures but have shown a few forms that allude to the cunjovoi in their brown and red colours. I find these memories wonderful and evocative; of magical wonderful timesnow passed. Perhaps you may find something that triggers such a memory on viewing this work.