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.
At last I’ve completed “Another underwater world; a cenotes, Yucatan”. I wanted to capture the mood and spirit of these places….I’ve never visited the Yucatan but have seen images online of these amazing fresh water pools, created by water flowing through limestone. The pools are crystal clear and were revered by the original indigenous peoples of the peninsula. I felt very moved to paint my own impression of such places, and am pleased with the result. I hope it inspires viewers to appreciate the beauty we have on this planet, and to respect these special places….maybe to even visit and experience their pristine nature. In fact, what I like my art to do is to help people connect with the natural world and deepen their appreciation of it…this is one of my personal aspirations.
I’ve been working on a new piece for a few weeks and I thought I’d show some images of my abstract painting process. This painting started out as some curved sprayed lines of paint with a few areas of rough and runny paint sections. It belongs in the genre of the “unplanned” paintings….the spontaneous “therapeutic” artworks that emerge from the psyche. I work in this style when I feel a bit bogged down, and things become predictable in approach and product. So “Blue curve+spots” is finished up, and I’m feeling satisfied with the result. Below is the completed work. And at the bottom are two images of the final stages of the painting.
I’ve been working on a collage piece with cut/torn paper…. found text and images from magazines. I used some paint also. Just wanted to see how quickly I could produce something. It doesn’t take long and is lots of fun and a bit messy. I’ll probably try some more pieces. Interesting how text can create the illusion of texture, and some of the spaces could be developed with paint or even pastel…a great experiment! So here’s the images.
This month I’m showing a small artwork entitled “Wall”. The intention with this piece was to create the appearance of a textured, painted and maybe even graffitied wall surface. I was mostly interested in the textural aspect in making this work. Its colours are limited, due to the emphasis on the surface texture aspect. The wonderful turquoise colour is one of my all time favourites, and pops up frequently in my paintings. In this painting it acts as a lively contrast to the white, black and brown hues. This work has been made using mainly a scraping overlay technique.
Running a bit late this month with my regular “Artwork of the month” post. Lots of things happening that needed attending to.
But here it is…on the last day!…I’ll discuss my work “Pink and yellow melt”, which at the moment is part of an exhibition “Revolve” in Adelaide.
This painting was created by an inner need to express the idea of pink adjacent to yellow, and I had quite a struggle in it’s making.
The external appearance of simplicity is not the truth with this work…many layers of paint have been involved in its creation. Within the larger areas of colour there are more subtle tones of similar colour, which can only be seen on closer inspection.
My initial concept was to place two large long areas of yellow and pink against each other, and to maintain their individual vibrancy. I needed the two colours to be delineated yet not in too strict a fashion. To achieve this I used a darker contrasting blue-green hue, and allowed it to run down the side of the pink…this line was too strong so a lot of it was painted out, and this was satisfactory. Originally the pink and yellow both extended to the top border, but I felt this to be overwhelming, so I cut out the top sections with the lighter blue.
I encouraged a lot of runs and dribbles, and although this appears spontaneous, each has been carefully considered to create balance. The dribbling lines act as a kind of patterning, and beneath this the viewer can observe underlying layers. The manner in which these layers are placed invites the question of subject/background, revealed/concealed, and the runs act as points of interest to lead the eye around the painting.
Using large flat brushes to achieve bigger areas of colour I had to remain conscious of the strength of the reddish pink and stop it from shouting. I wanted to maintain the vibrant energy of the work, but made use of quieter pastel colours and white to find a balance.
The overall colour scheme could possibly be described as “feminine” but the method of paint application keeps it from becoming too sweet. The mood created is one of joy and happiness with the world, and hopefully the viewer can experience this while observing the piece.
Time wise, this work took a couple of weeks solid work to complete, and I was really satisfied with the result. I felt I had resolved all problems that were presented both in the concept and in within the painting process.
Here’s the new pieces for the REVOLVE show at RED OPUS ART SPACE, opening 31 August….must say I’m loving them and can finally admit “I’m a colourist”…..the colour queen in fact!
Five of my most recent and vibrant works are part of “Revolve”, a new show opening at Red Opus Art Space, Adelaide, South Australia, on the 31 August. If you’re in Norwood next Sunday afternoon, go in for a look. I’m exhibiting with 4 other artists, and the flyer is here so you can see the details….really beautiful.
REVOLVE RED OPUS ART SPACE
Susan Lhamo, William Johns, Trish Lambi, Jorge, Cat Leonard
August 31-September 21 Opening Sunday 31 August, 3pm-5pm
35 Kensington Road, Norwood, SA 5067
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Artist SUSAN LHAMO of BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA has received a Special Recognition Award in the”11th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition” hosted by Upstream People Gallery.This international exhibition received approximately 160 art entries from around the world and 32 artists were selected by the juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. Professor Bradshaw states this about this specially recognized work:
“‘SUSAN LHAMO of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in her acrylic painting “Red and Blue Abstraction” shows such vitality with the gestural brushstrokes and this bodes well with the colour choices of mostly red with some pink, ochre, blue-violet and red-violet altogether with black, grey and white. All making for a wonderful energy.”‘
Further information about this specially recognized artwork:
“‘My intention in this work is to create a strong statement with contrasting and vibrant colour. The patches of ultramarine blue are bold, and encourage the viewer’s eye to move around the painting. The red is also bright but I’ve pulled it back from being overwhelming by the addition of pinks. There are underlying layers that only subtly appear, giving tiny hints of what lies beneath. A few symbols and parts of words are seen emerging but aren’t clearly distinguished. Through creating layers, I invite the viewer to make enquiries about what is “seen/unseen”, and to imagine a hidden world which is perhaps exciting, and vivid in experience, yet not revealing all its secrets. There is spaciousness in areas of the painting, and this helps the eye to rest and enjoy the colour filled atmosphere, and the subtle nuances of line and texture.”‘
The exhibition will be featured online during August, 2014 at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.