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February Goals… REFLECTIONS

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.

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Studio happenings

Over the last month I have been spending every spare moment in the studio.

I have the sense that this year is going to flyby. Family commitments have been locked in already: trips;  weddings and school demands.  In May I have two exhibitions. One in Brisbane and the other in Adelaide. (what was I thinking) I will have all the details first via my Instagram page and also here on my website.

So in this post I just wanted to share a small amount of the works that are in progress. It looks very much like a dog’s breakfast at the moment, and I feel like I have no room to move at times. Landscapes, particularly trees and even more the eucalyptus trees in my own backyard are the source of my investigations.

This summer has been relentlessly hot and dry. The heat has caused so much stress to the trees, that they have shed their bark so dramatically this year, revealing the most amazing colours and textures. I’m looking forward to cooler days so I can get out and walk more within the landscape.

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Colour Field Exhibition

April and May are always busy times for our household, so I haven’t been producing any new works since the last exhibition I was involved in, The Colour Field. Visit at Art Images Gallery based in Adelaide for all the details.

There is a selection of paintings on paper and canvas and all now framed by the Gallery.

All of the paintings for this show have been produced from recent explorations and travels including Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Sydney ; Mt Coot-tha  here in Brisbane and the River at the base of my studio.

 

Paper collaged works such as Honey on Spotted Gum and The River’s Edge are a continuation of my investigations into the Japanese concept known as Mottainai. Repurposing and reimagining older artworks then reassembling them like a handmade quilt. Each panel is unique and not only reflects the colours of the natural environment that they have been inspired from, but also signify the importance of capturing memory and time.

I continue also to investigate surface design and patchwork with paper instead of textiles.