I have been working on a “forest”theme lately…quite timely as we’ve had massive bushfires here in Australia, so far destroying more then 12 million hectares and killing 25 people but also over a billion creatures, some endangered, in these forests and national parks. My paintings explore the idea of forest, what it means to me and others, and our memories, sometimes of beautiful places now lost. The works I’ll show here are of imagined places, and the multiple images show my process. The paintings are near to completion but I’m not totally satisfied yet.
The first work is titled “Forest dance” and is 35x35cm(14x14in). This one is probably finished. The painting on the right is the final piece.
The second painting is titled “Dry forest with fallen branches”, 75x75cm(30x30in), and needs some more work. The painting on the bottom right is the most recent rendition. Hope this helps you understand my process.
The artwork “This big land” has been completed this week, and I’m pleased with the final result. It was an evolving work comprising many layers, and I continued with it for more than a month till I was satisfied the painting was resolved. The inspiration for its’ creation is a combination of experience and memory of various diverse Australian landscapes: Central Australian desert, rural drought, pink mists and sunsets. These things coalesce into a work which is about thespirit of the land, and its’ vast ancient presence beyond the narrow coastal strip. A great beauty is found in that expansive harshness, both unsettling yet alluring at the same time. The land speaks of a timeless presence stretching back to ancient roots and beginnings, and I’m grateful for being part of this powerful place.
This artwork is acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Please enjoy “This big land”.
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.
Finished another painting yesterday…a very tiny one. I’ve called it “Profusion”, as an expression of the abundant growth here on the mountain. There’s a lot of movement in this work, and this also expresses the energy of growth. The red/orange background colour is very similar to the colour of the earth in my garden. Greens and yellows echo the local plant life which has a grand lushness to it.
This year has been very hectic, for many different reasons. I’ve recently caught up with my creativity again and have been making some new art! Today I photographed one I’ve completed so I’ll show you. It’s titled “Little boat harbour” and depicts the energy and light of Australian coastal boat harbours…I was reminded of these experiences; that of visiting coastal towns on various travels, and loving the quality of light on the water. The colours are heightened and bright; the sun is high. Perhaps I’m thinking about this as it’s winter here, and a bit chilly! Hope you enjoy, and remember, if want to purchase this painting, contact me. “Little boat harbour is priced at $875 (AUD) and measures 51×92 cm. It is ready to hang in your home right now!
It’s been a few crazy weeks for me. I finished a large painting commission, and also had some diagnostics done for a lump in my left breast…will learn of the results of this on Monday. So it’s been a bit stressful. Thought I’d pop in a couple of pics of a gorgeous cactus flower in our garden….a dragon fruit cactus to be exact, and of course, is only open one night so I’m lucky I caught it!
The Asia Pacific Triennial has recently opened at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane. I always look forward to every 3 year event as it showcases the most exciting new art coming out of the Asia and Pacific regions. In fact it’s the biggest display of Asian/Pacific art in the world. This is the 8th time around, and as usual there’s some spectacular and interesting stuff, ranging from large installations, paintings, and videos. I’ve visited 3 times already (lucky it’s free!) and have taken lots of pics. My favourite work is a large projection inside a cave like area (you have to duck down to get in). I don’t have any images of that but hope to next time I go….will show you then! Another fav is the huge installation of large timbers created from old jetty material…standing on sections results in a fantastic soundscape. I’ll gradually load up pics…too many to show in one go, so keep posted!
An old one, but a good one…..“Art of exploration” is from my 2006 solo show of the same name. It’s a large painting, mainly in a green colour range, and features the drawn figure of a man with a map, and a fly, and references the idea that even with a map we can’t be sure what’s in the future or what we’ll find. The fly appears quiet, but we all know that flies and forests can spell danger (and he is rather large)! The “forest” in my artwork is often a symbol for the subconscious…an underlying theme of the show. Broad scraped brushstrokes were applied with a cardboard edge and imply a possible route to be taken, although it doesn’t appear to lead anywhere.The painting encapsulates the meaning of the exhibition….of diving into the unknown and having no predicted outcome….a bit like life really!
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!
Just letting you know I’ve added a new page for “Old paintings”which is under GalleryArchives…it’s titled “Very old paintings” and they’re more than 20 years, even 25 years old. I spoke at length about these works in a blog dated May17, 2014. It’s worth a look at both these links…they’re interesting! Here’s a peek at some of the images.