Well, the Commonwealth Games are almost upon us and as we are so close to the Gold Coast, we’ve had a lot to endure (and more to come). Today the Queens Baton Relay came through Tamborine Mountain. I ventured out for this event, and guess (maybe?) it was worth the walk from my house and a wait of about an hour. The day was extremely pleasant, about 23 degrees up here, with few clouds and a gentle breeze, plus not too many people and I was able to stand in the shade of a lovely tree, and took lots of photos without concern! Heaps of police, emergency service people, volunteers for the Games etc…..almost as many as onlookers!…Just kidding, but it wasn’t crowded. The kids had a good time, and there’s lots of activities heading into the night. I don’t think I’ll bother with that though. Here’s some pics of the baton and it’s bearer…everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The weather’s been quite warm and so we’re experiencing some storms. Took these pics as a large thunderhead approached. There’s lots of birdlife, including white cockatoos with their raucous voices. The most annoying noise up here is the sound of peoples lawn mowers…worse than Brisbane! Seems to be an obsession. Anyway, I’ve taken a few pics of the outdoors in our yard with storm approaching.
Been working on more paintings, and also a couple of mandalas especially for Christmas…so keep your eye out for those over the next week or so. I’ve planted a few trees and intend to put in more in the lower part of the yard; probably some rainforest types to complement what’s there already.
Just added my latest artwork “Little boat harbour” to my Gallery 1 page…take a peek.
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!
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.
This month I’m reviewing three photographs that make use of shadow and reflection as subject. When I approached these subjects I was looking for a fresh, simple, and immediate response….how to make a balanced and harmonious image using only a few elements. The two “Shadow” photos make use of light as well as shade to create an almost abstract image. I was interested in the pattern created on the wall surface, and repeat pattern is a principle that can easily be applied to both photography and painting. I use knowledge gained from my painting experience and apply this to photography in order to balance elements such as contrast e.g. dark/light and large spaces/pattern. These images are almost monochromatic in colour scheme.
The other image I’m reviewing is that of “Rocks and Reflection”. Taken in a fern house of the local botanic gardens, this image shows double layers of interest….that of the pebbles and water, overlaid with reflections from the overhanging fern trees. The colour is also limited, which prevents the subject from becoming too complex and distracting. I also like the way the multiple layers bring forth different textures, and the elements in the subject possess a delicacy which creates visual interest.