Yesterday we drove down to Currumbin to view the “Swell” Sculpture festival, which showcases sculpture in an outdoor setting, on, or surrounding Currumbin Beach. The weather was perfect and the sculpture was truly amazing. Everyone in the Gold Coast/ Brisbane area should make an effort to go along. I’ve taken masses of pics, and here are some of my highlights (mostly everything!). All of them were beautiful in diverse ways, and some celebrated beach life, but many spoke about our relationship with the environment and this country. We personally loved “Stillness in time” (the pink discs) and “Save our seabed” (the colourful recycled plastics powered with a solar panel). It all finishes on Sunday.
Early winter saw the arrival of some extreme weather conditions, resulting in large dangerous surf and damaged beaches. My painting “Storm surge” reflects these conditions and the changes to our environment. Nature provides drama in our landscapes not always to our liking. I wanted to capture that drama and also to contrast the deep blue oceanic hues with stark white, in order to maintain a simple yet energetic expression of nature at its most extreme.
One of my artworks has been pre selected for the Brisbane Art Prize. The theme is about the artists interpretation of the meaning of life, which is very broad. My painting is titled “Night birds soul dreaming”. It’s a way, for me, to show the interconnectedness of nature and ourselves. The bird is quite mystical and magical, its presence hinted at. I like the idea of the forest at night, and so have tried to capture this tying it in with some magic….a strange little painting. If you are in Brisbane during the exhibition dates, come along and have a look….better still, come to opening night!
I’ve loaded my latest works onto my “Remembrance” page, including the painting “Comforting locale”….take a peek.
Today I’ve started a painting that I’d like to enter into the Redlands Art Show. Taking my inspiration from the little bay island, Coochiemudlo, I’ve painted the initial layer of bright colour. I’ve visited this island many times…it’s a short ferry ride from Victoria Point. Coochie is a tiny island and easy to walk around, and surprisingly diverse in natural habitats for its size. I’m taking my idea from the western side facing the mainland where the cliffs and rocks are red pumice stone, and the water is clear. There’s often a lovely bright light on this side of the island and I’m aiming to capture that brightness and the vivid colour that accompanies it.
I have at last completed a painting I’ve been fussing around with for more than a month. Now I’m satisfied I’ll post it up here. The image isn’t totally accurate as my camera doesn’t like greens, and this painting has them aplenty. It originally started as a water painting, morphed into a forest, then changed back into water….so that’s what was meant to be in the first place! I’ve titled it “Waterhole” and enjoyed creating a dark slightly unnerving mood with dark hues, and there are many layers of colour….waterholes always lead me to ponder what lies beneath the surface…a bit like life really.
Creating a new board on Pinterest helped remind me of a pair favourite art objects. Many years ago I had a great interest in the ancient goddess culture of old Europe, and recently finding images of some of these objects found in archaeological digs, I came across a pair of small terracotta sculptures of a woman and a man, known as the Cernavoda woman and man. They were grave objects, about 4.5 inches in height, and found near the Danube, Romania, in an area known as Hamangia, and date around 4000-3500 BC. These figures aren’t typical objects of the time in that they aren’t stylised in the same way, or decorated. In fact they appear very contemporary and sophisticated in style. Scholars can only guess as to their meaning but the person who made them was possibly the neolithic equivalent of Picasso or Rembrandt!…the little figures are beautiful and contemplative and very striking in form. The male figure is sometimes called “The thinker” of the Neolithic. So here they are, modernist 20th century pieces in style, yet ancient artworks of the month.
I’ve been thinking about a new series of paintings for a while and I’ve decided to call it “Contemplation”. My own definition is as follows….“to remain in a relaxed state of mind, allowing things to pass through; an openness to experience.” The first painting from this series is nearly complete and I’ll post an image when it’s done. You can read some extra information on this link.
I’ve been working on this piece for a couple of weeks, and now it’s complete. The painting is titled “At home on the hillside” and is part of my Remembrance series. For me, it evokes memories of living in sub tropical Northern NSW….of seeing homes and sheds from a distance, on hillsides, as this is quite an elevated place. Large green areas, both dark (rainforest) and lighter (grass) are punctuated by small bright hues which could represent buildings, tracks, farmed patches and dams. Paint has been applied in many layers, yet leaving some underlying areas showing. My personal memory is of vibrant sunny colours and much happiness. There’s a lot of freedom in the brushstrokes and this reflects the personal freedom I felt living there….much loved and enjoyed. Hope you enjoy the artwork too.