Reflection on my time in Central Australia. See my previous post.
From my time painting the landscape en plein air I came home with a few smaller pieces that I then extended into some works on paper. Mostly ink and water colour on cotton rag, There is so much to take in when you are in this environment.
The shapes and size of the rocks and their shadows. Violet, Sienna, ochre.
The textures and tones of the bark on the limbs of the eucalyptus and mulga trees. The closer you are to them, the more alive they appear.
The feeling of sand under your feet and long grass against your legs. It is a daunting landscape, one that will polarise your emotions.
The morning’s clarity and silence. The heat and noise of the burning day. The calmness and sometimes formidable atmosphere as the night turns black.
I feel the need to break it down into a simplistic image that has space in order to highlight the individual elements.
This last image above is only about 1/3 of the painting.
2019 was a busy year on the home front. We gutted our kitchen, bathroom, courtyard and laundry…amongst fixing and replacing other areas around the house. I’m typing this post in February and we still have some issues to complete…I won’t mention the amount of stuff ups that occurred, but I will say that from May to December last year I probably had a handful of uninterrupted days in the studio. Not enough to produce the work I had hoped for.
I do have a rocking new kitchen and bathroom which I love.
December was spent away in Europe for what will probably be our last big family holiday. The kids will be 16 and 18 this year so will likely want to spend less time with us once they complete school. Parenting has had its challenges too and all in all I was glad to see the end of 2019.
My studio time started slowly towards the end of January. I was finally able to get my head around commissions and focus on some of the ideas I wanted to develop artistically. Until now I hadn’t really unfolded my trip to Central Australia from last September. This is my first priority. I have seen some amazing landscapes these last few months. So much diversity in colours, shapes, and atmosphere. From dust storms, drought, fires, smoke fill oceans, icy peaks in Southern Europe, rainy grey days in ancient cities to marvellous tropical storms that have brought much needed rain. Plenty of photos have been uploaded to Flickr if you wish to see them.
So I have lots to think about. Paint about. Make about.
To do this I am being diligent and writing most mornings my intentions and plans in a journal. I have a tendency to float too much around concepts and not stay grounded long enough to feel satisfied with my outcomes.
More to come for February.
2019 has been full of interruptions for me due to house renovations….which have been in full swing since May and sadly will still be weeks away. My studio is at home so there for my usual peace has been constantly disrupted with questions, planning, ordering, supervising, jack hammering, and a tribe of blokes who wander in and out of the house from the early hours of the morning.
Even though I would love to have my kitchen finished, (or would just love to have a clear and honest hand over date instead of the bullshit that we keep getting), I am starting to have more hours of concentrated studio time.
I’m painting, playing with ceramics and also textiles with better intentions to work towards a more cohesive body of work for 2020.
The only welcome disrupters are of the dachshund kind.
Here are a few snippets of my workspace.
In early September I took myself on an Accompanied Adventure, a new travel group initiated by artist Ingrid Bowen. I have never been to Alice Springs before and was eager to see the centre. We spent time at the Araluen Arts Centre for the Desert Mob 2019 exhibition and market day and a night viewing Desert Song. Highlights on the trip (beyond the landscape which honestly was so empowering and rich), were meeting some of the locals who shared their Arts including the Hermannsburg Potters, and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. There is so much I need to analyse from this trip so this post will be just a minuscule of what I took in.
I am now selling works at Pack Gallery Studio in Bangalow, just a short drive from Pottsville and Byron Bay in northern NSW.
Now selling at Art500
Art500 is an online gallery showcasing Australian artists and guess what? All the works are under $500. So there’s no excuse saying that you can’t afford to buy quality artworks….go check it out now!
Trees in River and September Trees 1 are each diptychs that have been archivally mounted on museum grade 100% cotton rag mat boards. Both available in the small section of the shop
Half the framing has been completed. If you would like to purchase these with a frame I am happy to assist. Simple contact me for details.
When one artist says to another artist, “Would you like to paint some of my vessels?”
And I say, “Sure!”
So the ceramic artist magically throws some clay to produce these lovely forms and then she says, ” there you go”
And this all happens.
I am updating my website this month. Some of my work is very difficult to capture within the format of a screen. I always photograph work before glass framing, but sometimes I think showing the frame is also important.
If you see any of my works either in the gallery or shop sections that indicate they are framed and there is no photo, please contact me and I will email you a photo.
This is from a series I made in 2018. A series of paper collages. Bellarine will be exhibited at the upcoming DUST exhibition this coming May 3rd in Brisbane. Details here