I’ve finally finished some new pieces. Phew!! – It’s taken a while to acclimatise to the new country and a new medium: oil painting; as well as working out what I want to paint and how to paint it. I’ll appreciate any feedback. [Though if you can be gentle, that will be nice – we’re trying to buy a house among other things and I’m feeling fragile..]
I have been fortunate to meet Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology at the Melbourne Museum. He welcomed me into the insect vaults at the museum, and as in Oxford, I was able to take my pick of insects. I’ve decided to focus on moths for now, as I love ’em – they are less obvious than butterflies, more subtle.. And as I was looking through a few of the thousands of drawers down there I got the idea for what I’ll be working on for the foreseeable future – so I’m glad that there are an awful lot of drawers – although I’d also love to see these guys in the wild – turns out I’m living in the wrong state – I need to relocate to Queensland – however, these are going to do me for now – these are all Australian, and some are local:
Then the next day I found this lovely specimen in the window of the bookshop where I work:
It’s called the “Old Lady Moth” apparently – Why?! – with thanks to another very helpful guy, Peter Marriott at The Entomological Society of Victoria; he’s also identified all the moths in the first picture for me.
I wonder if anyone wonders what I have been up to, artistically, since we moved to Australia..? Well, whether you wonder or not, I’m gonna tell you..
I’ve been thinking (and boring people by telling them..) that I would either branch out, or return, to painting in oils at some point. So when we moved here, I found the best teacher I could, and got on with it. David Moore did turn out to be a great teacher – people travel from all over to be taught by him, so I am lucky to have him here in my home town – and at the beautiful and interesting location of Montsalvat.
And so began my Monochrome Period..
To remind us how to paint form and space, and to re-familiarise us with handling the new medium, for the first two terms we painted in varieties of black and white. This resulted in some fairly interesting images:
But then my favourite is when we are at last “allowed” to use colour! Phew!!