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”
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.
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.