I’ve just completed two abstractions a couple of days ago. One was inspired by our visit earlier in the year to Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast. I loved the jellyfish there, amongst other creatures. Finally this artwork has arrived, rising into conscious creation, and I’m very pleased with it. It’s titled “Their underwater world”. The second painting is titled “Blue space”. Some strong feelings were coming up before I painted these, and the brushstrokes are reflecting this, although I completed them in a much better frame of mind than I started….remember my blog post earlier in the year about “Art as therapy; therapy as art”? Well, this seems to fit that picture, especially “Blue space”. I’m posting the images here for you to enjoy.
Just rediscovered an old gouache painting from around 20 or more years ago!….very abstract and vivid in colour, it was made by using my left hand only. I remember it being strange to paint with the unfamiliar left hand, as it has so little control. But this resulted in a very unplanned piece, yet still very harmonious. It’s like entering into the psyche and popping out something unexpected, unpredictable and exciting, and full of symbols like moons, water, circles of life and so on…hope you enjoy also!
I’ve recently completed this colourful piece “Echo”, using my spontaneous approach to painting….working with immediacy and not planning at the outset. It could be said that this belongs to my “art as therapy” project. The painting acts as an extension of my own being…it is a way of showing myself to the world, and in the world. The work is very intuitively created without reference to any known object or idea, except to “be itself”. I’ve photographed the process of “Echo”‘s creation, and you can see the process for yourself. Each part is unexpected as it progresses, yet remains very lively with textured areas, scraped lines and sprayed sections. Even though I’m expressing my life at the moment through this work (and other similar works) I feel the painting conveys an atmosphere of optimism and up-liftedness. And I’d like to think that the observer can feel this as well.