Driven to Abstraction – Paintings 27, 28 and 29 for 2013

/>Cataract Gorge I, oil on board, 30x40 cms
Cataract Gorge II, oil on canvas, 45x54cms
Cataract Gorge III, Mixed media, 62x62 cms

This is a series I painted recently exploring the abstract qualities in a scene — a landscape ‘close-up’ taken at Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania. The photograph was a great illustration of erosion at work and it had already had a strong abstract design. I wanted to see where this would lead when the shapes were simplified and the natural colours intensified. So, I painted version I in a naturalistic way, and then, using painting I as the reference, I painted simplified version, No.II, and using II as the reference, I painted III, this time using oil pastels, acrylic washes and encaustic media to develop a rich surface texture. I really enjoyed the project and look forward to trying a similar approach with some of my old landscapes.

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