Today I’ve added two new paintings into Gallery 1; Both speak about disconnection and loss of the natural world. “Come adrift” tells of our disconnection from nature and each other, hence the metaphor, “come adrift”, similar to the idea of continental drift. “Last coral shelf” speaks about the death and destruction of our heritage, the Great Barrier Reef. These artworks are abstract and use colourful shapes, linear drawn-style work, and spots of contrasting colour. They are acrylic paint on stretched canvas and both works can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
I’ve added three recent works to Gallery 1 and I’m pleased how they look. They’re titled “Kata Juta: dusk”, “Sunday morning: Rainbow Valley”, and “Forest conversation”. These paintings, along with all my other paintings, can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
Just completed “Kata Juta: dusk” this week. This abstract painting depicts the Central Australian landscape at Kata Juta (meaning Many Heads), due to the huge unusual rock formations that rise from the earth. During daytime the landscape is an incredible orange, but as evening falls the rocks undergo amazing colour changes into mauve and purples. I wanted to capture this dramatic change that I witnessed years ago while visiting the Central desert area. This place has a powerful spiritual presence and I’ve tried to express this using simple contrasting colour areas and small highlights.
The painting is 61×61 cms and is priced at $820(AUD).
“Reef light” is the latest work from my studio. In this small painting I’m working to evoke the spirit, the essence of being underwater on the Barrier reef. The colour expresses this experience in the lower light of night time. Some lighter colour allude to filtered light through the water. Use your imagination to feel as if you’re floating through a coral cave and enjoying the moody colours and energy of the underwater reef. This piece comes from my memory of swimming on the reef and other underwater experiences. It’s priced at $370(AUD) and is 30x30cm. The medium is acrylic paint on stretched linen.
Just updated Gallery 1 with my latest work, “Oceans’ embrace”…you can view Gallery 1 here.
This week I’ve completed a painting titled “Oceans’ embrace”. As Australians we seem to be attracted to, and love, the ocean. I don’t swim regularly, but have enjoyed the healing power and attraction of our oceans. It is an overwhelming experience of natures’ power and in this work I’ve depicted that experience….the colour and movement of the water, the reflected light. Small spots of gold have been added to highlight the joy and vibrance of the whole imaginary scene. This painting is about feeling the mood of the ocean and being immersed in its waters.
The painting is 106x76cms, is acrylic paint on stretched canvas, and is priced at $995AUD. If you’re interested in making a purchase please go to my contact page.
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 haven’t been in the studio much lately…my commitment to my garden has been ongoing (and exciting). But I’ve been working on this painting, which is purely abstract in concept without any references to landscape. It’s about colour…seeing how whites and greys look near a bright yellow and pink. The grey tones mute the presence of the brighter hues but also act as a contrast…it feels almost cloud like. Don’t think it’s finished yet,..we’ll see!
This year has been very hectic, for many different reasons. I’ve recently caught up with my creativity again and have been making some new art! Today I photographed one I’ve completed so I’ll show you. It’s titled “Little boat harbour” and depicts the energy and light of Australian coastal boat harbours…I was reminded of these experiences; that of visiting coastal towns on various travels, and loving the quality of light on the water. The colours are heightened and bright; the sun is high. Perhaps I’m thinking about this as it’s winter here, and a bit chilly! Hope you enjoy, and remember, if want to purchase this painting, contact me. “Little boat harbour is priced at $875 (AUD) and measures 51×92 cm. It is ready to hang in your home right now!
This month I’m pleased to show you a work from a favourite Australian artist, Aida Tomescu. The work is titled “Argint” and was painted in 2004. Tomescu likes to work in multiple layers, revealing small areas of underlying painting and drawing. Her paintings are complex and rich, ripe with personal meaning and texture. The paint is often applied using her gloved hands and this makes for a tactile surface and a directness of application. Quite often edges also reveal themselves, and that is the case in this painting “Argint“. There are layers of thickly applied oil paint and edges and corners reveal what’s beneath. Tomescu employs large areas of single hue to create an impactful work…one becomes fascinated with the textured quality of such a large surface of single colour. Some people like to refer to Tomescu as a “colourist”, yet she prefers to speak of a much wider collection of pursuits, and says that the painting continually creates it’s own direction as she proceeds. This painting is large, 184x139cm. It is something that I can “dive” into, and feel a relationship with colour, light and texture.
“Argint” by Aida Tomescu Photographed by Jenni Carter