Understanding “Alchemy” added to Articles

I’ve added some new writing to my “Articles” pages. It’s a discourse on my latest painting series “Alchemy” and explains the concept behind the new artworks. You may like to read this.

Three paintings in the 10+1 exhibition

Three of my artworks are on display in our 10th anniversary exhibition, for our TenPlusOne art group. The show runs till 20 July at the BIA, Windsor, Brisbane. Here’s my works.

Here’s a few pics of the show set up and also opening night which was enjoyed by all.

Student exhibition

The mid year student exhibition from the Brisbane Institute of Art is presently showing in the Metcalfe Gallery at the BIA, 41 Grafton Street Windsor, Brisbane. It runs till 1 July, opening during the day, 10-4…..lots of variety from painting to ceramics to print making. Pop in for a bargain! Here’s some pics.

3 paintings in Rotary Arts Spectacular, Brisbane

The RAS has come round again, and 3 of my artworks have been selected. “Lakeland Garden” is selected for display, and “Forest edge” and “Accidental F” can be viewed online at the RAS website. The show opens 28 May and continues till June 8, and this year is being held at Waterfront Place, Brisbane. Happy to show these beautiful paintings!

Untitled 1

Lake land garden 90cm x 90cm $695

Abstract painting Accidental F

Accidental “F” 76×76 cm $595

Trees and paddocks

Forest edge 1m x 1m $695

New painting…here’s my process

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.

blue lines and spots

Blue curve+spots

New work “We are alive”

I’m putting up my newest work “We are alive” for you to view. Its a lively colourful piece of non-objective painting that expresses a joyous freedom in working spontaneously and without references. Once again the painting has emerged seemingly of its own accord in an intuitive manner. I love its colourful response to my desire to create, and the work takes on a life of its own as I do so….it reminds me of summer colours and happiness…and I had fun making it…..love you to feel the same way about “We are alive”!

We are alive

We are alive

Artwork of the month, “Echo”

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.

 

New semi abstract landscapes

Putting up these two recent paintings; they’re very evocative of wet seasons, which is where we are at here in Brisbane, Australia, at the moment! Must admit, I do like the rain, especially as it cools everything down to the mid-20’s (Celsius), and that’s quite pleasant weather. We fortunately missed the cyclone, but are now receiving some steady rain from it. So, these artworks are reminders of our seasonal wetness: always beautiful and inspiring, and referencing Northern NSW, which can be a very wet place!

 

 

Developing collage

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.

Latest semi abstract

I’m continuing on the my semi abstract landscape theme…maybe I’m channelling my Dad! He was a wonderful watercolour artist, of atmospheric rural Australian landscapes. My landscapes are also about mood; a very atmospheric interpretation of the landscape which can be quite evocative of memories of visited and habited places. These quiet and contemplative works remind us to visit the silent meditative parts of our inner selves, and find solace there. They are a step beyond the chaotic everyday world. And this piece, “Forest Edge”, takes the viewer to a place (perhaps somehow remembered), where the brightness of the paddock leads the eye to the darker forest, of mystery. The light between the trees speaks of a place that is quiet yet not threatening…it’s maybe an invitation to enter our own psychic forest and do some exploring…or maybe just relax in it’s quiet embrace.

Trees and paddocks

Forest edge 1m x 1m $695