Newly painted in the studio

I’ve been making a bit more time for myself to be creative in my studio and have just yesterday completed 2 new paintings. It’s a relief to get back into art making again as I’ve been devoting a lot of time to the gardening project, but sometimes the need for art creation comes to the fore and I follow my instincts! The new paintings reference my love for the natural world and my experience of it, but are also very abstracted in format. It’s more about feeling the place and creating an abstract impression of this…called expressionism actually! Paint marks made on the canvas are significant in all my work…they point to abstracted ideas of objects, people etc. but also serve to lead the eye on a journey across the paintings, and to linger in areas that can be explored more. One artwork is a small forest painting, the other a beach. Both are refreshing and sustaining places to visit. “Forest wandering 1” is priced at $340 and is 40x30cm in size; the other is titled “Beach stroll”, a much larger painting, and priced at $995. Its’ size is 92x60cm. Both were a great joy to paint! Please reach me on my contact page if you’re interested in making a purchase.

Beach stroll

Beach stroll $995 92x60cm

Forest wandering 1

Forest wandering 1 $340 40x30cm

Art as therapy: therapy as art

I’ve been working with the idea that spontaneous artworks act as a kind of therapy. The process of creation is much more important than a finished product. This requires that I let go of any concepts of how the painting should look, and simply paint purely out of intuition. My abstractions have used this idea in the past, but steps have been very considered, and things changed according to my inner aesthetic requirements and technical knowledge. So I’ve decided to experiment with making a painting without artistic considerations and just go with the emotion of the moment, and gut instinct. This seems to create a very strong interaction with the paint and canvas, and releases a lot of energy. And this process in itself is a kind of therapy; a letting go of the past in many ( even unknown) ways. I’m showing the initial painting done on one afternoon, and the following day I felt as if I had more to process, so I continued till it felt complete. The result could be termed “art”, but just as easily be called “therapy”. And this feels completely valid for me…..here they are.

Process painting

Process painting

The above painting is the first part of the process.

Abstract painting Accidental F

Accidental “F”

Above is the final part of the process, which I’ve named as “Accidental F”……obviously! Below are two close up images of the finished process. In these details you can observe texture, scraped areas, splashes and the use of spray paint…all used spontaneously.

Detail 2

Detail 2

Detail

Detail 1

 

Instituting the “Artwork of the month”

Beginning of each month I’ll upload images of one or more artworks, and discuss these in terms of my practice. Usually the pieces will be my own works, but potentially other famous and familiar images can be shown.

This month I’m looking at some digital images from my Gallery 2 page, “Dark Water #1” and “Dark Water #2”.

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These images represent unfathomable mystery and even danger. The notion that the superficial surface of things hiding the unseen and even unknowable is something that I’ve often played with, and these two images with gentle patterns and reflections lead the viewer to contemplate “what lies beneath”. When we examine our psyche many unknown and fearful emotions and memories rise up from the depths. In a previous solo exhibition, The Art of Exploration (2006), I dwelt on the idea of hidden depths, water and journeying into the unknown places of the psyche. Water is often used as a symbol of these concepts, and I continue to explore these ideas in my work. If we research this symbol it’s evident that “water” is universal in it’s meaning(s) including that of purification. Ironically water is needed to cleanse what’s hidden beneath its own depths!

On the level of aesthetics I’ve always found water patterns intriguing and beautiful, and these two digital images are both beautiful and haunting. Green and blue are the natural colours of the medium, and I’ve allowed the ripples to be accented to emphasise this patterning.They feel complete in their simplictity. Pool, pond, river edge, or ocean? This is left up to the viewer and their imagination.