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!
Well, the Commonwealth Games are almost upon us and as we are so close to the Gold Coast, we’ve had a lot to endure (and more to come). Today the Queens Baton Relay came through Tamborine Mountain. I ventured out for this event, and guess (maybe?) it was worth the walk from my house and a wait of about an hour. The day was extremely pleasant, about 23 degrees up here, with few clouds and a gentle breeze, plus not too many people and I was able to stand in the shade of a lovely tree, and took lots of photos without concern! Heaps of police, emergency service people, volunteers for the Games etc…..almost as many as onlookers!…Just kidding, but it wasn’t crowded. The kids had a good time, and there’s lots of activities heading into the night. I don’t think I’ll bother with that though. Here’s some pics of the baton and it’s bearer…everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
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.
Crazy weather lately, with summer storms every afternoon. This afternoon the storm passed out to sea, after giving us some very heavy rain(yet again!). Took these pics just after. The hydrangeas look great at the moment, and the passionfruit vine is going crazy with fruit. Luckily no roof leak…the roofing guy replaced a tile just before the storm arrived!
Big storms this afternoon, but much cooler now. The sky was beautiful afterwards, with soft swift moving clouds whipping across to the west, a kookaburra resting in a tree to dry off….then afterwards the mist rolled in and now all is foggy, the sun is down, and pleasantly cool, and the cicadas are celebrating with their evening chorus.
Finished another painting yesterday…a very tiny one. I’ve called it “Profusion”, as an expression of the abundant growth here on the mountain. There’s a lot of movement in this work, and this also expresses the energy of growth. The red/orange background colour is very similar to the colour of the earth in my garden. Greens and yellows echo the local plant life which has a grand lushness to it.
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.