New Works & Works in Progress
Over the past few yearsI have been finding a new direction appearing in my work. This has actually been a return to the more abstract element of my earlier works and I have been very happy with some of the results. The necessary season of realism had its purpose though...restricting as it started to feel towards the end. Through that season had come a firmer knowledge of the landscape I was so much relating to. The other landscape that I had drawn upon from my spiritual journey could now be blended with this new knowledge....and the good thing was the recall I had in my inner visual eye which left me no longer tied to my reference photos. This was a great release and it showed in my work.
I also was starting to use much more gestural marks using charcoal both at the beginning and throughout my works. This drawing called "Charred" was a trigger...although it is a realistic portrayal. I loved the strong lines and darkness I could achieve and begun to use them more and more in my landscape inspired works.
I have recently added more works to this site and you are invited to scroll down and see how living and working on the Gold Coast is influencing my painting.
Using my iconic Mountain Theme ... This painting began a new journey about ways to mountain and the blockages and barriers experienced along the way.
This is a painting of many layers done after a trip to Carnarvon Gorge a while ago. It was a very frustrating trip as our physical condition was not up to the difficult terrain and we found that entry into the places that we wanted to go was impossible for us. This painting attempts to convey the barriers both real and imagined that confronted us. Life's journey is like that at times and sometimes we are only able to glimpse the perfection that we so much want to view. This painting won First Prize at Yurara Art Society's Easter Exhibition in 2015.. (Actually it was awarded the Drawing Prize and that made me quite happy as that has ben the direction I have been concentrating on recently)
This painting is about the way to the mountain and the blockages and obstacles that force themselves upon us almost as in warfare against any further pathway forward. Whether real or imagined to the viewer they seem impassable, but to the experienced traveller there will always be a way through when sought after through the Infinite Guidance of the Creator of all life.
Whilst in Carnarvon I took a photo of a large tree with its roots really embedded in a huge boulder. I loved the way its roots went right down into the earth...it had grown there as a small tree and almost split the rock that it was embedded in. The theme of drawing life from The Rock emerges in this work with images that are almost like fossils having lived their lives once and they are now forever within the life that they once sprang from. Others are making their journey. A strange light marks the way for the earnest traveller.
Here below are some of my works which are almost finished or still in a state of flux....in progress so to speak. (This one directly below is now framed.
Gusty on the Goldie is the result of quite a few trips to Main Beach at Southport and also sparked by a photo taken by my daughter of the beach with her red and white striped towel in the foreground. I at first painted a fairly straight painting of people just sitting on the beach with the towel just lying at the bottom edge of the painting. This arrangement I found boring and having experienced many seasonal changes on beach days...I decided to "put a wind through it" This painting is also available online through Bluethumb...and is priced at $1025