A new work “Reflections: billabong” is completed and has taken quite some time to create. My painting process can be quite lengthy…I overpaint and change things in my paintings, as I’m working on them. Often they begin with an idea, even a predetermined image in my mind. But the painting develops a life of its’ ownand the final stage is regularly unrecognisable from the original idea. I love this spontaneity! It’s a joy to work in this manner, responding to my intuition and tweaking it with knowledge and technical expertise.
The inspiration came from a visit to the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens where a beautiful billabong (small lake) is located. The immediate surroundings are native trees and plantings but some reflections are of the local houses. I love the juxtaposition of urban surroundings with nature in this case, and highlighted the greens and blues of the watery pools with vivid warm colours from the suburb. Lots of fun and I hope you enjoy “Reflections: billabong”.
Please contact me if you are interested in making a purchase. The painting is $990(AUD) and is 76x76cm, acrylic paint on stretched linen.
I’ve just completed the newest addition to the Alchemy series…full of light and dark contrasts, and mystery. It is somehow representative of our inner selves, moving into light, and revealing our true beautiful colours. Hope you enjoy this one and feel some connection to its voice. It is titled “We hide in secret spaces”. Note the two small areas of gold paint, a reminder of “alchemy”.
This month I’m showing a small artwork entitled “Wall”. The intention with this piece was to create the appearance of a textured, painted and maybe even graffitied wall surface. I was mostly interested in the textural aspect in making this work. Its colours are limited, due to the emphasis on the surface texture aspect. The wonderful turquoise colour is one of my all time favourites, and pops up frequently in my paintings. In this painting it acts as a lively contrast to the white, black and brown hues. This work has been made using mainly a scraping overlay technique.
This month I’m reviewing three photographs that make use of shadow and reflection as subject. When I approached these subjects I was looking for a fresh, simple, and immediate response….how to make a balanced and harmonious image using only a few elements. The two “Shadow” photos make use of light as well as shade to create an almost abstract image. I was interested in the pattern created on the wall surface, and repeat pattern is a principle that can easily be applied to both photography and painting. I use knowledge gained from my painting experience and apply this to photography in order to balance elements such as contrast e.g. dark/light and large spaces/pattern. These images are almost monochromatic in colour scheme.
The other image I’m reviewing is that of “Rocks and Reflection”. Taken in a fern house of the local botanic gardens, this image shows double layers of interest….that of the pebbles and water, overlaid with reflections from the overhanging fern trees. The colour is also limited, which prevents the subject from becoming too complex and distracting. I also like the way the multiple layers bring forth different textures, and the elements in the subject possess a delicacy which creates visual interest.
The latest artwork to join the urban graphic group is “Giant Yuccas”…. a wonderful architectural and rough looking group of yucca plants. I’ve used a brilliant blue sky as a contrasting background, and the image is strong and kind of “in your face”! I love these loud plants and they create a really strong presence in our environment.