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 just completed two abstractions a couple of days ago. One was inspired by our visit earlier in the year to Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast. I loved the jellyfish there, amongst other creatures. Finally this artwork has arrived, rising into conscious creation, and I’m very pleased with it. It’s titled “Their underwater world”. The second painting is titled “Blue space”. Some strong feelings were coming up before I painted these, and the brushstrokes are reflecting this, although I completed them in a much better frame of mind than I started….remember my blog post earlier in the year about “Art as therapy; therapy as art”? Well, this seems to fit that picture, especially “Blue space”. I’m posting the images here for you to enjoy.