I’ve actually made some time to paint in the last week and thought I’d keep you posted with pics showing the works I’m painting at the moment. They are still in progress and I’m not sure how they’ll look finished but nearly there, I think. The blue and white painting is, I feel, quite oceanic in atmosphere…and I’m pursuing the idea of a dancing ocean. The other work which is mainly white and yellow, is about contrast of colours…brighter colours being muted somewhat by the whites and greys. It seems to be indicating the idea of division..perhaps on several levels of understanding. I’ll see how it all travels along over the next week or so. Here’s the pics!
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.
I’ve recently completed three semi abstract landscapes and I’m very happy with them. They are quite evocative paintings, two of which feature a lake that references one from my memory. The other is a painting of the wet season as experienced in northern NSW. It’s not of an actual place, but more redolent of the mood and wetness of that experience. Perhaps similar memories can venture forth from the viewers experience to be re-experienced with pleasure. Enjoy!
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.
This month, and its getting on fast, being xmas eve, I’d like to talk briefly about the painting “Lakeland Garden”. I made this work earlier this year for an exhibition, which featured the idea of garden. This artwork is very atmospheric, and painted in muted hues. I love its mood…its very soothing and contemplative….the lake is merely suggested, and the trees are just suggested shapes. The vision is one of moving through a mist filled scene of a watery landscape….a beautiful piece to meditate upon.