Last painting for 2017

Finished this painting just before New Years Eve last week….“Sunrise: mountain” is a collection of ideas/inspirations from nearly mornings on the mountain. Colours can be brilliant, with trees aglow; there is a lovely quality of light. A diversity of painting techniques were employed here: spray paint, dribbles, textured painterly sections. I’ve heightened the hues vibrancy to increase the impact of the work…it’s about memories, what I’ve seen and experienced.

Sunrise- mountain

“Sunrise:mountain”  62x62cm  $795

 

Exciting tree

A tree is flowering in our front yard. I have no clue what it is, but it’s probably a local rainforest tree. It smells like honey. The clumps of flowers are lush, and the colour a vibrant golden yellow. Insects adore the tree….a wonderful inspiration for any creative activity. Hope you enjoy the pics…pardon the rain smudge on the second image!

Addition to Gallery 1 page

Just added my latest artwork “Little boat harbour” to my Gallery 1 page…take a peek.

6 things you need for your art….#4 is my favourite!

These are the essentials that will keep your creativity hopping along…whatever your “art” is…#4 IS MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE!

  1. Good quality tools….choose the best you can find in your price range; you need the best for optimal creativity.
  2. A space of your own…carve out an area in your home; all creatives need one.
  3. Time for yourself….make sure you make time at least a few times a week to work on your creative priorities.
  4. Try a new thing…experiment with something new; it refreshes the brain!
  5. Dump nay sayers….dump or avoid toxic people.
  6. A method to inspire production…. find some ways that inspire your creativity; go to them frequently!

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.

 

Developing collage

I’ve been working on a collage piece with cut/torn paper…. found text and images from magazines. I used some paint also. Just wanted to see how quickly I could produce something. It doesn’t take long and is lots of fun and a bit messy. I’ll probably try some more pieces. Interesting how text can create the illusion of texture, and some of the spaces could be developed with paint or even pastel…a great experiment! So here’s the images.

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

 

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.

Vivid new abstractions!

Decided its time to put the new abstractions up….the colour is amazing…the photos don’t do them justice. They have a jewel like quality when you actually view them. These paintings have taken a few weeks to complete, and give very little indication of my starting point under the layers. My best and most vigorous work happens when I act with spontaneity, not becoming too precious with little parts underneath that I liked initially. If things need changing then I just do it…even if something is lost as a result. Intuition is my guide, and if followed then a powerful vibrant painting is made. Finally I check if a harmonious artwork has been made, and I’m satisfied with that.

They will be shown from 11July at Graydon Gallery in New Farm, Brisbane. Hope you like them both!

 

Pics from a day out

Shot some nice pics on a day at the bay…tide was out but could walk to the island…..beautiful big sky…lots of little crabs in the mud. It’s always refreshing to walk out into the natural world…good for inspiration too. I often get ideas for paintings after such walks, even if I’m working on contemporary abstractions.

The light’s a bit lower and softer in winter, but still very clear.