This week I’ve completed a painting titled “Oceans’ embrace”. As Australians we seem to be attracted to, and love, the ocean. I don’t swim regularly, but have enjoyed the healing power and attraction of our oceans. It is an overwhelming experience of natures’ power and in this work I’ve depicted that experience….the colour and movement of the water, the reflected light. Small spots of gold have been added to highlight the joy and vibrance of the whole imaginary scene. This painting is about feeling the moodof the ocean and being immersed in its waters.
The painting is 106x76cms, is acrylic paint on stretched canvas, and is priced at $995AUD. If you’re interested in making a purchase please go to my contact page.
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.
I have at last completed a painting I’ve been fussing around with for more than a month. Now I’m satisfied I’ll post it up here. The image isn’t totally accurate as my camera doesn’t like greens, and this painting has them aplenty. It originally started as a water painting, morphed into a forest, then changed back into water….so that’s what was meant to be in the first place! I’ve titled it “Waterhole”and enjoyed creating a dark slightly unnerving mood with dark hues, and there are many layers of colour….waterholes always lead me to ponder what lies beneath the surface…a bit like life really.
At last I’ve completed “Another underwater world; a cenotes, Yucatan”. I wanted to capture the mood and spirit of these places….I’ve never visited the Yucatan but have seen images online of these amazing fresh water pools, created by water flowing through limestone. The pools arecrystal clear and were revered by the original indigenous peoples of the peninsula. I felt very moved to paint my own impression of such places, and am pleased with the result. I hope it inspires viewers to appreciate the beauty we have on this planet, and to respect these special places….maybe to even visit and experience their pristine nature. In fact, what I like my art to do is to help people connect with the natural world and deepen their appreciation of it…this is one of my personal aspirations.
I’ve recently completed three semi abstract landscapes and I’m very happy with them. They are quite evocativepaintings, two of which feature a lake that references one from my memory. The other is a painting of the wet season as experienced in northern NSW. It’s not of an actual place, but more redolent of the mood and wetness of that experience. Perhaps similar memories can venture forth from the viewers experience to be re-experienced with pleasure. Enjoy!
I’m continuing on the my semi abstract landscape theme…maybe I’m channelling my Dad! He was a wonderful watercolour artist, of atmospheric rural Australian landscapes. My landscapes are also about mood; a very atmospheric interpretation of the landscape which can be quite evocative of memories of visited and habited places. These quiet and contemplative works remind us to visit the silent meditative parts of our inner selves, and find solace there. They are a step beyond the chaotic everyday world. And this piece, “Forest Edge”, takes the viewer to a place (perhaps somehow remembered), where the brightness of the paddock leads the eye to the darker forest, of mystery. The light between the trees speaks of a place that is quiet yet not threatening…it’s maybe an invitation to enter our own psychic forest and do some exploring…or maybe just relax in it’s quiet embrace.
This month, and its getting on fast, being xmas eve, I’d like to talk briefly about the painting “Lakeland Garden”. I made this work earlier this year for an exhibition, which featured the idea of garden. This artwork is very atmospheric, and painted in muted hues. I love its mood…its very soothing and contemplative….the lake is merely suggested, and the trees are just suggested shapes. The vision is one of moving through a mist filled scene of a watery landscape….a beautiful piece to meditate upon.