Crazy Cactus design

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.

 

Artwork of the month “Pink and yellow melt”

Running a bit late this month with my regular “Artwork of the month” post. Lots of things happening that needed attending to.

But here it is…on the last day!…I’ll discuss my work “Pink and yellow melt”, which at the moment is part of an exhibition “Revolve” in Adelaide.

Pink and yellow

Pink and yellow melt 70cm x 90 cm $695

This painting was created by an inner need to express the idea of pink adjacent to yellow, and I had quite a struggle in it’s making.

The external appearance of simplicity is not the truth with this work…many layers of paint have been involved in its creation. Within the larger areas of colour there are more subtle tones of similar colour, which can only be seen on closer inspection.

My initial concept was to place two large long areas of yellow and pink against each other, and to maintain their individual vibrancy. I needed the two colours to be delineated yet not in too strict a fashion. To achieve this I used a darker contrasting blue-green hue, and allowed it to run down the side of the pink…this line was too strong so a lot of it was painted out, and this was satisfactory. Originally the pink and yellow both extended to the top border, but I felt this to be overwhelming, so I cut out the top sections with the lighter blue.

I encouraged a lot of runs and dribbles, and although this appears spontaneous, each has been carefully considered to create balance. The dribbling lines act as a kind of patterning, and beneath this the viewer can observe underlying layers. The manner in which these layers are placed invites the question of subject/background, revealed/concealed, and the runs act as points of interest to lead the eye around the painting.

Using large flat brushes to achieve bigger areas of colour I had to remain conscious of the strength of the reddish pink and stop it from shouting. I wanted to maintain the vibrant energy of the work, but made use of quieter pastel colours and white to find a balance.

The overall colour scheme could possibly be described as “feminine” but the method of paint application keeps it from becoming too sweet. The mood created is one of joy and happiness with the world, and hopefully the viewer can experience this while observing the piece.

Time wise, this work took a couple of weeks solid work to complete, and I was really satisfied with the result. I felt I had resolved all problems that were presented both in the concept and in within the painting process.

In the studio

Here’s what I’m working on in the studio….a very exciting and vivid abstraction…not finished yet, but I’m loving it. I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks, and its pretty much come together. I’ll post a pic when its complete!

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Artworks of the month: Shadow and reflection

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.

10+1 “Luminous” Exhibition Opening night

Wow! A great turnout to our annual show, and some purchases. The BIA gallery was spacious enough for all our works to be seen and appreciated.

After all the preparation and hard work from everyone, it was a beautiful reward to see the artworks looking so fabulous….and so much interest from the attendees.

The artworks showed a great diversity of genres; contrast of colour and texture; varied techniques. Everyone had the best night….looking forward to more!

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Welcome!

Blue, Pink and yellow abstract painting

Abstract painting titled Night-City

Welcome to my new blog/website. You’ll find great artworks and some good creative tips and ideas. Hope you enjoy!