The artwork “This big land” has been completed this week, and I’m pleased with the final result. It was an evolving work comprising many layers, and I continued with it for more than a month till I was satisfied the painting was resolved. The inspiration for its’ creation is a combination of experience and memory of various diverse Australian landscapes: Central Australian desert, rural drought, pink mists and sunsets. These things coalesce into a work which is about thespirit of the land, and its’ vast ancient presence beyond the narrow coastal strip. A great beauty is found in that expansive harshness, both unsettling yet alluring at the same time. The land speaks of a timeless presence stretching back to ancient roots and beginnings, and I’m grateful for being part of this powerful place.
This artwork is acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Please enjoy “This big land”.
This week I’ve completed a painting titled “Oceans’ embrace”. As Australians we seem to be attracted to, and love, the ocean. I don’t swim regularly, but have enjoyed the healing power and attraction of our oceans. It is an overwhelming experience of natures’ power and in this work I’ve depicted that experience….the colour and movement of the water, the reflected light. Small spots of gold have been added to highlight the joy and vibrance of the whole imaginary scene. This painting is about feeling the moodof the ocean and being immersed in its waters.
The painting is 106x76cms, is acrylic paint on stretched canvas, and is priced at $995AUD. If you’re interested in making a purchase please go to my contact page.
A glimpse of what’s happening in my studio this week…still working on a couple of pieces, and enjoying the pastel hues (although that can change at any time, when I begin to balance colours and tones!). Thought I pop this image up for the viewer!
Two pastel coloured abstractions in my studio today
I’ve been making a bit more time for myself to be creative in my studio and have just yesterday completed 2 new paintings. It’s a relief to get back into art making again as I’ve been devoting a lot of time to the gardening project, but sometimes the need for art creation comes to the fore and I follow my instincts! The new paintings reference my love for the natural world and my experience of it, but are also very abstracted in format. It’s more about feeling the place and creating an abstract impression of this…called expressionism actually! Paint marks made on the canvas are significant in all my work…they point to abstracted ideas of objects, people etc. but also serve to lead the eye on a journey across the paintings, and to linger in areas that can be explored more. One artwork is a small forest painting, the other a beach. Both are refreshing and sustaining places to visit. “Forest wandering 1” is priced at $340 and is 40x30cm in size; the other is titled “Beach stroll”, a much larger painting, and priced at $995. Its’ size is 92x60cm. Both were a great joy to paint! Please reach me on my contact page if you’re interested in making a purchase.
Just a few snaps of what’s happening in the gardenright now….lemons, flowers etc. The white and yellow Gordonia tree (related to camellias) is starting to flower…it’s sometimes called the fried egg tree!
I’ve actually made some time to paint in the last week and thought I’d keep you posted with pics showing the works I’m painting at the moment. They are still in progress and I’m not sure how they’ll look finished but nearly there, I think. The blue and white painting is, I feel, quite oceanic in atmosphere…and I’m pursuing the idea of a dancing ocean. The other work which is mainly white and yellow, is about contrast of colours…brighter colours being muted somewhat by the whites and greys. It seems to be indicating the idea of division..perhaps on several levels of understanding. I’ll see how it all travels along over the next week or so. Here’s the pics!
Our gardens are an on going project. Lots of hard work but I love the results. The cottage garden is often receiving new additions and they seem to enjoy their place in the garden beds. The tomatoes are almost finished now as we move into autumn, but flowers and shrubs are very happy with the heat of summer over. I’ve started a small section of the vegetable bed which will be extended with time and have added some herbs: tarragon, Vietnamese mint, and another sweet tall growing mint who’s name I can’t recall. Some sawtooth coriander will join them in the strawberry area. It’s been mulched now, with compost underneath. Pawpaws and a babaco have been planted in a protected spot, and fruit trees are going crazy!…Limes literally by the bucket load, the lemon treewith heaps of fruit and the single passionfruit vine gives buckets of fruit also. Very yummy! I’ve tried so many lime recipes!..Lime pie, lime butter, lime cordial, lime pickle. All were (and still are) really tasty! We’ve even added a little fairy garden behind some hydrangeas. I’m just popping in a few pics…there will be more coming up in the near future! This is an incredibly abundant place to garden and I feel very blessed.
I’m enjoying the arrival of the autumn flowers at the moment, so I’d like to show you some from our garden…always amazing…the rich purple of the heliotrope, the crazy double flower of the zygocactus, the weird shiny bronze coloured hibiscus, and of course so many different camellias. Love this garden! It surprises me continually!