When ever I travel I take note of all the elements of the landscape. Texture, line, shape etc. However it is colour that I like to recall the most. Because colour dictates the feel of the landscape, the climate, the season, the wild untouched hills to the farmed pastures.
When I get the chance I like to look back through all the photos I have taken and collate a photo montage of the colours that really resonate with the land so that in time I can use this palette to make decisions when painting. From walking across plains high up in the western parts of Tasmania,(Tarkine region) to Robbins Island then to the east to Binalong Bay or as the local Indigenous people call this land, Larapuna.
ABOVE: WATER and SKY
ABOVE: EARTH, FOLIAGE, ROCK
ABOVE: WATER, MUD, EARTH, BURNT FLORA
ABOVE: GRASSLANDS, PASTURES
For those of you who have still got a a job, and have recently looked at your credit card statement and seen how much you have saved whilst being in lockdown because you haven’t been spending your money on random stuff you don’t need, or long lunches with friends….I have news for you.
Boom Gallery in Geelong, Vic have recently updated their online profile to support all the artists they represent. I recently send them some new works, all very affordable and at a size that will happily found its place in any home or home office, or a present for someone who is just having a terrible time.
Above: “Blue Trees 1” and “Blue Trees 2”
Above: “Old Man Gum”
Above: “Unchartered Landscape 1”
Above: “Water and Earth”
Here are some photos of Rusted Seas. Mixed media on paper. I have left the deckle on the paper and it has been framed beautifully in a pedestal style to see the edges. Available in the purchase section of this website.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few recent works I have available on paper. Please note that selected works have a free shipping code PAPERSHIPFREE
Coming up soon I will be having a small group show at Side Gallery in Brisbane and also be participating in a Summer Series Show at Boom Gallery in Geelong.
With summer holidays approaching, I will be spending some time exploring northern NSW and I’ll be paying particular attention to the Birdlife.
Recently I became aware of a collaborative project about migratory Shoreline Birds, called Overwintering. Artist, Kate Gorringe-Smith has initiated this mapping project and around 150 artists from NZ and Australia are involved, producing prints on their observations of these birds. I’ve been wanting an excuse to get back into some printmaking so this will be the perfect trigger. When I first started painting years ago, birds were often the subject matter of my work and here where I live and work I constantly pay attention to the local avians coming and going.
Photos of Mooball Creek, Pottsville NSW. See next story for more...