Hi subscribers. I want to share with you my new direction: I’m being clearer about my purpose and my message, and my focus. I’m being brave and including some of my fundamental thoughts and beliefs in my work. Ok, so when you look at the work you may not see this straight away – maybe you see pretty pictures? Painting a successful picture is something to feel pleased about, but I feel glad that these images have more to them.
Beauty and Brassicas
Basically this is what I’m trying to achieve: my work is about pointing out the graceful and beautiful in the everyday, by using simple line and colour. When I draw or paint people I am aiming to point out the grace that is there, in that person. It’s not about having any kind of a perfect body – it’s about the qualities that the person expresses which make them interesting.
In this series I’ve paired people with plants; the plants (flowers so far but I have more in the pipeline!) describe aspects of the person. Have a look at my descriptions for these paintings individually from the home page, it will be a lot clearer.
Three works from this series Betty and the Rose, Lily, Beauty with Brassicas, will be exhibited at Red Gallery, Fitzroy North, Melbourne 7-22 Dec 2018. Please come along to see them in the flesh! See redgallery.com.au
It’s great to be Selling! And the Eucalyptus subject is proving popular, three sold in two months; one a commission*, below:
To my lovely supporters (Patrons!) I say Thank You!!
I’d love to, and will, paint more: I’m noticing the sunlight shining through the leaves at this time of year, especially the young leaves, which mixes the unique grey-green with red-browns. It’s easy to see why this is such a well-loved plant.
*I am always happy to discuss commissions*
To do so simply reply to this email, or contact me via my website, here.
Two of my new paintings “Amazonian Woman” and “Eucalyptus in the Morning Sun” can be seen in the exhibition “Contrast” at The Vines Cafe, Diamond Creek VIC Australia, from 1st October – 30th November 2018 – do go and see, and grab a coffee and cake!
Three of my new paintings feature Eucalyptus as you can see, and many of my works feature Australian native plants, which are often my favourite. Apart from their subtle, and to me, more unusual forms, I also respect how they thrive in all weathers where their European neighbours wilt and die without copious quantities of water, poor things. Have a look here!
I’m very excited about my new work – this line probably starts a lot of artist’s blog posts – but I am actually properly excited: I’m excited because I can’t wait to get back into the studio to paint some more! It’s good news all round: I’ve found a medium that suits my style, I’ve found a style that suits my character, and I can run and run with this subject: plants. I’ve always been interested in plants and nature, and I’m very pleased that I had the opportunity to make it my career for a decade (working with Garden Organic and the National Trust in the UK as well as private clients) – this taught me to recognise and categorise, and appreciate, plants, and of course how to best care for them..
The technique: I’ve been experimenting for a year really, since I finished my studio, and the “CREATE” course at NCAT, and the four years of painting with oils immediately before that, not to mention the rest of my lifetime.. – anyway, this isn’t supposed to be an online “dear diary”, but I am just so happy to find that I can return to my watercolour technique, but using more robust materials – that I don’t have to be so precious with! Acrylic Inks are lightfast, permanent, and waterproof. The way I can use them suits the way I draw, focusing on smooth linear direct drawing, and the clear colours suit how I like to colour things, kind of super-real, directly observed from life but making the 3d into more of a graphic 2d.
And I’m also excited that this technique will lend itself to anything that I can draw (see for example my instagram feed).
My current paintings are of course all available to buy, currently at great low prices, once they are gone I will be selling prints of them, and, more paintings – as soon as I can get back into that studio!
Oh my, I am so excited that I am finally finishing off this website! It’s third in line of things I’m building to enable my ART PRACTICE:
- Spring 2017: Garden Shed (to empty future studio into) Check.
- Autumn 2017: Studio (refurbished that) Check.
- Autumn 2018: Website. Check.
And in-between I’ve been making lovely art. Check. So, today, as I launch my website quietly in-case-it-doesn’t-work-perfectly-yet.. I’m celebrating by including a little gallery of some works which were on my previous site, which are now making their own way in the world and may never be seen by me again… Which is the whole point – hooray:
I will always be in awe of good Aboriginal Art, and what a wealth of it there is! A good example is the amazing art of the Tjungu Palya Artists.
Here are some examples of visual references that I have collected from work for my own education, in this case to learn about how they build up the impression of depth in the painted surface, normally with a dark, sometimes earth-coloured, background. These images were taken at the National Galleries of Victoria, and of Australia (in Canberra). The artists are too numerous to list as they often paint in groups, but I’m including these images here with sincere appreciation for their unique work, their unique use of colour and brushwork, and of course the unique depth of meaning, drawn from their personal and cultural histories, in the works.