Today I’ve added two new paintings into Gallery 1; Both speak about disconnection and loss of the natural world. “Come adrift” tells of our disconnection from nature and each other, hence the metaphor, “come adrift”, similar to the idea of continental drift. “Last coral shelf” speaks about the death and destruction of our heritage, the Great Barrier Reef. These artworks are abstract and use colourful shapes, linear drawn-style work, and spots of contrasting colour. They are acrylic paint on stretched canvas and both works can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
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 mood of 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.
I’ve actually made some time to paint in the last week and thought I’d keep you posted with pics showing the works I’m painting at the moment. They are still in progress and I’m not sure how they’ll look finished but nearly there, I think. The blue and white painting is, I feel, quite oceanic in atmosphere…and I’m pursuing the idea of a dancing ocean. The other work which is mainly white and yellow, is about contrast of colours…brighter colours being muted somewhat by the whites and greys. It seems to be indicating the idea of division..perhaps on several levels of understanding. I’ll see how it all travels along over the next week or so. Here’s the pics!
I haven’t painted anything for 5-6 months….life has been difficult. My daughter had major surgery in December and is due for some final surgery soon. My mother also passed away early in the year….so there’s been a lot to deal with.
This week I felt inspiration rising again, after this great period of grief and distress, and have been able to take up the brush.
I started 2 works and have completed one, dealing with memories of the Australian summer and the powerful presence of the light and colour experienced in our coastal areas. “Byron trilogy: water, sky, beach” features dominant colours of yellow and blue, and spontaneous brushstrokes reflect the immediate experience of the coast at Byron Bay: the ocean and beach in vivid hues. It’s a joyous expression after a personal time of turmoil.
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Early winter saw the arrival of some extreme weather conditions, resulting in large dangerous surf and damaged beaches. My painting “Storm surge” reflects these conditions and the changes to our environment. Nature provides drama in our landscapes not always to our liking. I wanted to capture that drama and also to contrast the deep blue oceanic hues with stark white, in order to maintain a simple yet energetic expression of nature at its most extreme.
“Tropic reef flow” is now complete, and I’m very pleased with it. The colour used created a joyous feeling for me….hope the same happens for you! In this piece I’m showing the essence of the coral reef experience…flowing water, the blue aqua ocean hues, glimpses of coral and sea life, tropic sunsets, the moving living thing that the reef is. I’ve snorkelled on the Great Barrier reef and this memory remains vivid for me to this day, and there’s also memories of swimming in rock pools and being amazed by the variety of life in those secret places. Hope you enjoy this work as much as I do!
The latest of my Alchemy series is complete today, and so I’m posting it up for you to enjoy. It’s titled “Beach treasures from the oceanic mind” and once again explores the deep hidden areas of psyche moving into light; the painting acts as a metaphor for my own inner process, but also as an external process in the real world, whereby blobs of coloured paint are transmuted into an artwork. Note the tiny specks of gold; another reference to alchemy. This painting’s quite bright in colour over much of the surface and is reminiscent of beach sand…the title speaks of this too. Just as we may find tiny treasures on the sandy shore, similarly we may find hidden treasures within our personalities.