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 knownRosins’ 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 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.
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 haven’t been in the studio much lately…my commitment to my garden has been ongoing (and exciting). But I’ve been working on this painting, which is purely abstract in concept without any references to landscape. It’s about colour…seeing how whites and greys look near a bright yellow and pink. The grey tones mute the presence of the brighter hues but also act as a contrast…it feels almost cloud like. Don’t think it’s finished yet,..we’ll see!