I’ve actually made some time to paint in the last week and thought I’d keep you posted with pics showing the works I’m painting at the moment. They are still in progress and I’m not sure how they’ll look finished but nearly there, I think. The blue and white painting is, I feel, quite oceanic in atmosphere…and I’m pursuing the idea of a dancing ocean. The other work which is mainly white and yellow, is about contrast of colours…brighter colours being muted somewhat by the whites and greys. It seems to be indicating the idea of division..perhaps on several levels of understanding. I’ll see how it all travels along over the next week or so. Here’s the pics!
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.
Inspired by the winter flowering wattles that are iconic Australian plants, I’ve painted this energetic work which evokes both the drama of the brilliant yellow wattle blooms, and also, in contrast, the colder, windy weather of our winter season. “Winter wattle blooming” is a smaller painting of free and lively brushstrokes and vivid contrast between yellow and darker more sombre “winter” hues.
It is priced at $450(AUD)…..and loving this weather!
My little painting “Top paddock” is part of the annual Rotary Art Spectacular, being held this week at Central Plaza, Brisbane. Locals, come along for a look.
My new abstraction “Rush”, the first of the Contemplation series has been completed. The title relates to the energy of the work, and the dynamic interaction of colour and form. I’m intrigued by the brilliance of the yellow against the dark purple, with a strip of orange. These kind of relationships which are formed on the canvas endlessly fascinate me, and hopefully the viewer can spend time observing the play of colour, line and form.
This dramatic and vibrant artwork is the latest from my studio. The title “Dark mountain, red sky” is evocative of restless power and drama, and the colourful primary hues exude a joyous feeling. There’s a lot of energy and movement in this work and I certainly enjoyed it’s making. Hope you do too! It’s priced at $530(AUD)…that’s Australian dollars.
“Top paddock” is my latest painting from the Remembrance series. Any one who’s lived in rural Australia can probably relate to this one, or anyone who’s visited such places. “Top paddock” evokes for me, memories of dry grass, or harvested paddocks that run up against some scrub. I depicted a tiny piece of scrub in the left corner, as a bit of the wildness of the original landscape peeking in. It exists as a stark contrast to the larger yellow paddock area and in this painting I’m expressing the essence, the presence of this kind of place. This painting sells for $295.
This month I’ll talk about an abstraction I made last year titled “Magenta meets yellow and orange”. This painting has a great sense of immediacy about it, yet the colours and their placement were carefully considered. I wanted to make a juxtaposition of the orange and magenta, yet allow the yellow to be a central theme. It’s almost like a collision of these colours, and this is the result! I knew the background could not be strongly present, taking a very subdued presence, and letting the vibrant magenta, yellow, and orange voice be heard. The painting needed a few extra marks of black to lift it from being a red focused energy, and so I used a couple of simple gestures to balance the hot energy. A few areas of blended colour were employed to break the large orange area in particular. I found this painting to be a lot of fun to make, and in a way it seemed to create itself, or at least had it’s own momentum. Things worked very easily, and I was very happy at completion…and still am! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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!