Recently I’ve completed two mandalas which are more complex than previous ones. It’s taken me some time to finish these ones, and be happy with the result. The new mandalas seek to represent something larger, more encompassing in our psyches. They seem to be quite mysterious and almost universal symbolically. I wanted to relate and link the earth (and specifically the oceans) with the greater cosmos. Both places are somewhat unexplored and remain unknown to us in many ways and these images perhaps convey that sense of spirit which largely remains undefined.
I’ve used as background, images of space that I purchased from Shutterstock but apart from that, the rest of the mandala has been developed from my own photos (as is the case with all my mandalas). It was a challenging process but a rewarding one. The images are available in 12″ prints. Feel free to contact me regarding making a purchase.
Finished this painting just before New Years Eve last week….“Sunrise: mountain” is a collection of ideas/inspirations from nearly mornings on the mountain. Colours can be brilliant, with trees aglow; there is a lovely quality of light. A diversity of painting techniques were employed here: spray paint, dribbles, textured painterly sections. I’ve heightened the hues vibrancy to increase the impact of the work…it’s about memories, what I’ve seen and experienced.
I’ve been creating some more artworks today, taking some time out from the garden. A newly finished piece is “Green retreat”, expressing the mood and sense of “green” overwhelm that living here on the mountain induces. The presence of the lush local rainforest and garden landscape is all surrounding…its green abundance and cicadas singing outside is the ever present energy. Pinks and yellows act as contrast and are a nod to the flowering trees and plants that accompany the green.
This painting is acrylic paint on stretched linen and is ready to hang. It measures 76×76 cm. and is priced at $1070 AUD. Enquires can be made here.
Last week we had a quick beach visit down to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. It was a lovely day and the ocean was stunning in its blues and turquoise. I took pics of the beach and from the headland car park. After that there’s a walk up to the headland but we didn’t go this time.
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.
I’ve been working on “Bangalow evening” for quite a while, deciding if I really like the vibrant pink…well I do, so it remains a major feature in this work. Bangalow is a small town in Northern New South Wales, and I’m assuming that it’s named after the ubiquitous bangalow palms that are native to this area , and up into south east Queensland. I have beautiful memories of sunsets while living in NSW, and in this painting I’m remembering the remnant rainforest around the small town’s edge. This painting has taken a couple of months to complete and I’m happy now with the result. I love the contrast between the sky and the trees. Hope you enjoy too.
I visited Central Australia 16 years ago and the memory of it still remains vivid in my mind. I’ve painted this encounter now, using the bright colours of the Uluru and Kata Jutaareas. These are monumental rock features and are Australian icons. My painting approach is abstract in style…it’s almost impossible to express the spirit and wondrous nature of these edifices any other way. The colour is high and vivid with reds, oranges and pinks and a splash of yellow. I’ve indicated features such as sky with a bright blue and remnant trees and small rocks in dark tones. My memory evokes feelings of appreciation of the grandeur of these places….I’m trying to capture the essence, the spirit of Uluru and the surrounding landscape. Hope those who have experienced this part of Australia (and those who would like to) can somehow connect with the essence of what I’ve painted.
Another small artwork has been completed from my studio…“Little lagoon”. Images of water seem to be a recurring theme in my recent work. I like the idea of mystery and coolness associated with places such as pools and lagoons. Much of my recent work connects memory with environment, and “Little lagoon” is really a collection of memories from places I’ve visited. Capturing the essence of these places is my intention.