A new work “Reflections: billabong” is completed and has taken quite some time to create. My painting process can be quite lengthy…I overpaint and change things in my paintings, as I’m working on them. Often they begin with an idea, even a predetermined image in my mind. But the painting develops a life of its’ ownand the final stage is regularly unrecognisable from the original idea. I love this spontaneity! It’s a joy to work in this manner, responding to my intuition and tweaking it with knowledge and technical expertise.
The inspiration came from a visit to the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens where a beautiful billabong (small lake) is located. The immediate surroundings are native trees and plantings but some reflections are of the local houses. I love the juxtaposition of urban surroundings with nature in this case, and highlighted the greens and blues of the watery pools with vivid warm colours from the suburb. Lots of fun and I hope you enjoy “Reflections: billabong”.
Please contact me if you are interested in making a purchase. The painting is $990(AUD) and is 76x76cm, acrylic paint on stretched linen.
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.
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.
I have at last completed a painting I’ve been fussing around with for more than a month. Now I’m satisfied I’ll post it up here. The image isn’t totally accurate as my camera doesn’t like greens, and this painting has them aplenty. It originally started as a water painting, morphed into a forest, then changed back into water….so that’s what was meant to be in the first place! I’ve titled it “Waterhole”and enjoyed creating a dark slightly unnerving mood with dark hues, and there are many layers of colour….waterholes always lead me to ponder what lies beneath the surface…a bit like life really.
I captured these beautiful images while exploring the creek in Mt Cougal National Park. It’s such a pristine environment and the water so clear that the underlying rocks were shown really vividly. I love the patterns in these places and find it inspiring for my art practice, and nurturing for the body and soul.
This month I’m featuring an older painting“Water gem 1”from around 2007. I had made a series of works around the idea of water running over pebbles. Initially a couple of small paintings were made in watercolour, and then I painted a group of 5 acrylics from that concept. The photo images I took weren’t of good quality, sadly. but the image I’m showing today is probably the best. I wanted to convey the idea of pebbles becoming something else…more precious. The colours in the painting I’m showing today are quite lively, and the focus is on the blue contrasting with other jewel like hues. The series was named “Water gems”. As a theme, it seems to be recurring in more recent ideas I’m formulating and working on at the moment, so I’ll keep you posted about these.
Water gem 1
Here’s one of the original watercolours that inspired the “Water gem” series.
Just rediscovered an old gouache painting from around 20 or more years ago!….very abstract and vivid in colour, it was made by using my left hand only. I remember it being strange to paint with the unfamiliar left hand, as it has so little control. But this resulted in a very unplanned piece, yet still very harmonious. It’s like entering into the psyche and popping out something unexpected, unpredictable and exciting, and full of symbols like moons, water, circles of life and so on…hope you enjoy also!
It’s an oldie, but a good one! I made “City Lights” quite a few years ago, being inspired by night time lights in the city and near the Brisbane river. Some of the colours are really bright and this reflects the idea of neon lighting. There’s also a watery appearance to this piece, seen in the darker sections would could be read as buildings or water. I overlaid the central section with white dots to emphasise the notion of direct harsh and bright lights. The technique was very direct, spontaneous, with a strong sense of immediacy. This painting was always well received by viewers and I certainly enjoyed its making.
Putting up these two recent paintings; they’re very evocative of wet seasons, which is where we are at here in Brisbane, Australia, at the moment! Must admit, I do like the rain, especially as it cools everything down to the mid-20’s (Celsius), and that’s quite pleasant weather. We fortunately missed the cyclone, but are now receiving some steady rain from it. So, these artworks are reminders of our seasonal wetness: always beautiful and inspiring, and referencing Northern NSW, which can be a very wet place!