I’ve loaded my latest works onto my “Remembrance” page, including the painting “Comforting locale”….take a peek.
Just updated my Remembrance series gallery page with the addition of some text and the latest work, “Remembrance: Wetland swamp”…..take a peek.
I’ve recently completed another Remembrance painting, “Remembrance: Wetland swamp”. It’s a collation of many memories and some experiences of these dark and mysterious places. I love the way the bright and often grassy edge to wetlands is so vibrant in vivid greens, and bumps up against the dark secretive swamp area….the contrast is stark. In this painting I’ve made use of quick marks which act as detail in large one toned or coloured parts. The “marks” are important parts of all my paintings and though they may be small, are actually very powerful strong pieces of the picture acting as contrast or detail in open areas. Each mark is quite considered even though it has the appearance of being spontaneous. In “Wetland swamp” I’ve also employed the hidden/revealed approach to large areas of colour and there is a lot of complexity in the work. This gives the painting depth and an aliveness throughout. This painting is available for sale at $570.
I’ve made an update to my “Remembrance” series Gallery page with the addition of two of the latest works….take a peek.
To understand my new series of artworks in the Remembrance series, please read my article that’s been added today.
Two paintings are up today for you to view. They’re from the Remembrance series, and both depict grassy paddocks near lantana or a forest. Both are semi abstract and vivid in colour. There’s an article on the Remembrance series as an explanation of it’s meaning. Go here to read this. I’m very much enjoying painting these and there are more to come. They’re quite evocative in mood and hopefully trigger memories of similar places in those who view them. There is a richness in colour and texture, along with smaller detailed areas.
This morning we visited the Karawatha Forest on the southern outskirts of Brisbane. It has many walks and covers an area of about 900 hectares. We visited the Illaweena Road picnic section, which has some wonderful lagoons, melaleucas (tea trees),sedges and various pond weeds and lilies. These wetlands and other types of forest are home to many indigenous species. The time we spent was enjoyable, and the frog chorus was impressive. In fact this area is noted for its frog populations, some of which are endangered. Photos were taken and I made a couple of quick pencil sketches of the melaleucas which are really densely growing around the lagoon and surrounding parts. The forest itself in Karawatha is mostly eucalyptus but were didn’t venture into those sections. I love to go there to spend time reflecting, walking and taking pics, and visit a couple of times a year. These photos and sketches will probably be used in my “Remembrance” series of paintings. The lagoon and surrounds has a particular energy that I’m wanting to express. There is a diversity and richness present in this place, and a certain type of spirit. I enjoyed making the drawings, mainly as a way to remember how the trees were growing together interrelation to each other, and the interesting bark formations.
The pics are also a useful reference and just pleasant to look at. I love the colours…the greyed kind of greens that are peculiar to the Australian bush, and the rough papery bark of the melaleucas.
The beginnings of two new series of artworks are starting to emerge….”Alchemy” and “Remembrance” are the titles of these upcoming series of abstractions. I’ll keep you all posted in the coming days and weeks about these ideas and paintings!