Today I’ve added two new paintings into Gallery 1; Both speak about disconnection and loss of the natural world. “Come adrift” tells of our disconnection from nature and each other, hence the metaphor, “come adrift”, similar to the idea of continental drift. “Last coral shelf” speaks about the death and destruction of our heritage, the Great Barrier Reef. These artworks are abstract and use colourful shapes, linear drawn-style work, and spots of contrasting colour. They are acrylic paint on stretched canvas and both works can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
As you know, I’ve been working at creating mandala designs, based on my own photographs. I’ve completed some new ones and I’d like to show them to you. They have different backgrounds…hope you like. All these designs are available as unframed prints priced at $60 AUD, and are printed on high quality matte photographic paper.
I’ve been working on “Interior landscape: aerial” for a few weeks now, and last it’s finished. The painting references the Australian outback as seen from above…as you pass from agricultural land to a more harsh outback environment. I’ve used curved shapes in repetitive ways to indicate landforms, as the landscape often has weathered forms which are interesting to the eye. I’ve left a fluoro pink patch of paint in the centre of the work, just fro fun and a bit of crazy contrast, although sometimes similar colours can be witnessed in these harsh places.
I’ve added three recent works to Gallery 1 and I’m pleased how they look. They’re titled “Kata Juta: dusk”, “Sunday morning: Rainbow Valley”, and “Forest conversation”. These paintings, along with all my other paintings, can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
Just completed “Kata Juta: dusk” this week. This abstract painting depicts the Central Australian landscape at Kata Juta (meaning Many Heads), due to the huge unusual rock formations that rise from the earth. During daytime the landscape is an incredible orange, but as evening falls the rocks undergo amazing colour changes into mauve and purples. I wanted to capture this dramatic change that I witnessed years ago while visiting the Central desert area. This place has a powerful spiritual presence and I’ve tried to express this using simple contrasting colour areas and small highlights.
The painting is 61×61 cms and is priced at $820(AUD).
“Reef light” is the latest work from my studio. In this small painting I’m working to evoke the spirit, the essence of being underwater on the Barrier reef. The colour expresses this experience in the lower light of night time. Some lighter colour allude to filtered light through the water. Use your imagination to feel as if you’re floating through a coral cave and enjoying the moody colours and energy of the underwater reef. This piece comes from my memory of swimming on the reef and other underwater experiences. It’s priced at $370(AUD) and is 30x30cm. The medium is acrylic paint on stretched linen.
While our dog had a grooming session, we made use of some spare time to visit a nearby mountain, Beechmont, just south of Tamborine Mountain. There’s a walking track through forest, in the Denhams’ Reserve, and we followed this for a short way, across a beautiful creek and onto the Falls for a view. The weather was mildly cool and many frogs and birds can be heard. The Beechmont Landcare group care for the forest reserve. Further back on the road is the well known Rosins’ Lookout which is highly favoured by paragliders, and the view from this spot is dramatic and beautiful, looking all the way south to the border…some cloud today but still worth the drive. The Gold Coast Hinterland has some stunning scenery. I’ve included some pics.
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 the spirit 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”.