Another small artwork has been completed from my studio…“Little lagoon”. Images of water seem to be a recurring theme in my recent work. I like the idea of mystery and coolness associated with places such as pools and lagoons. Much of my recent work connects memory with environment, and “Little lagoon” is really a collection of memories from places I’ve visited. Capturing the essence of these places is my intention.
My new painting, “Big Scrub-nearly gone” addresses some environmental concerns I have regarding loss of natural habitat. The Big Scrub was a large forested area from the Qld border down to Grafton; quite a large piece of land, once rainforest covered. Remnants remain in gullies, hillsides and national parks, and this artwork depicts such a pocket on the side of the Pacific Highway, northern NSW. The forest is so diverse and I employed bright colours to indicate this…a feature plant is the iconic Bangalow palm. Years previously I lived in this area and have developed much love for these beautiful remaining pieces of forest. Through this painting I’m endeavouring to bring to awareness the issues of loss of natural treasures in Australia. Hope you love the painting and feel some connection to the natural world through viewing the image.
Yesterday we drove down to Currumbin to view the “Swell” Sculpture festival, which showcases sculpture in an outdoor setting, on, or surrounding Currumbin Beach. The weather was perfect and the sculpture was truly amazing. Everyone in the Gold Coast/ Brisbane area should make an effort to go along. I’ve taken masses of pics, and here are some of my highlights (mostly everything!). All of them were beautiful in diverse ways, and some celebrated beach life, but many spoke about our relationship with the environment and this country. We personally loved “Stillness in time” (the pink discs) and “Save our seabed” (the colourful recycled plastics powered with a solar panel). It all finishes on Sunday.