Flower Power – 85- /100 for 2013

Yellow Rose, oil on canvas, 30x30, mounted on 41 x 41 painted and stencilled studio canvas
Yellow Rose, oil on canvas, 30×30, mounted on 45 x 45 painted and stencilled studio canvas
Yellow Rose 1, oil on canvas, 30x30 cms, mounted on 41 x 41 studio canvas, painted and stencilled
Yellow Rose 1, oil on canvas, 30×30 cms, mounted on 45 x 45[caption id="attachment_422" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Tearose, oil and mixed media, 30x30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45x45 cms Tearose, oil and mixed media, 30×30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45×45 cms
Pale Pink Rose, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30x30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45x45
Pale Pink Rose, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30×30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45×45
Autumn leaves triptych, oil and texture medium on board, 3x panels 30x30 cms.
Autumn leaves triptych, oil and texture medium on board, 3x panels 30×30 cms.
Arum Lilies - oil and mixed media mounted on studio canvas, 41 x 82 cms
Arum Lilies – oil and mixed media mounted on studio canvas, 41 x 82 cms
Arum and Freesia, oil on canvas and mixed media,30x30 panels mounted on studio canvas 41 x 82 cms
Arum and Freesia, oil on canvas and mixed media,30×30 panels mounted on studio canvas 41 x 82 cms
Fuchsia Frisson - oil on canvas, 30x30 cms, mounted on studio canvas, 45x45 cms
Fuchsia Frisson – oil on canvas, 30×30 cms, mounted on studio canvas, 45×45 cms
Iris Triptych, oil on canvas board, 3 panels 30x30
Iris Triptych, oil on canvas board, 3 panels 30×30
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Magnolia blossom, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 45x45
Magnolia blossom, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 45×45

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Sunworshipper 2 – 76/100 for 2013

Sunworshipper 2 - oil on canvas, 75x75 cms
Sunworshipper 2 – oil on canvas, 75×75 cms

In this figure study I was trying out a more graphic treatment of the background while keeping the modelling of the figure realistic. There is more to do on this work, but as the year is rapidly running out, I am posting it up now.

Always emptying; always full – 67/100 for 2013.

Always emptying, always full

Always Emptying; Always Full – oil on canvas, 30 x 122 cms

This is a painting of my local creek. I’m going to be doing a series of paintings of this creek in the course of my university studies over the coming year. With this one I created a panorama of photos taken while standing on a rock in the middle of the stream. My aim was to make the viewer feel surrounded by the scene – not just looking at it as though through a window. I painted with very thinned down oil paint on an absorbent canvas surface, trying for the fresh look of transparent watercolour. The title comes from a line in the Tao te Ching – “the universe, like a bellows, is always emptying, always full.” The creek is my little metaphor for the universe.

I see that the year is fast running out. I must get on and post more paintings that are sitting around my studio. I’m pretty sure I’ve made my goal of 100.

Katoomba Cliffs 63/100 for 2013

Katoomba Cliffs oil on canvas 60x60 cms
Katoomba Cliffs oil on canvas 60×60 cms

It was about this time last year that I visited the Blue Mountains for the spring Garden Festival at Leura. I got some wonderful reference shots of the canyon walls, including the one I painted this picture from, taken from the top of Wentworth Falls. This painting is built on a textured base of torn strips of thick hand-made paper to suggest the feel of the rock strata. I’ve used unblended rectangular strokes of strong colour to bring out the colour variations in the cliff face. Sadly this year parts of the Blue Mountains have already been damaged by fire and many homes lost. Fire is a constant danger in this region and I fear this summer is going to be a bad one.

A New day’s dawning – painting 62/100 for 2013

 

A new day's dawningI guess this would be called a quadtych – but that sounds strange.  After painting my twenty small paintings for uni (see my post – ‘What a beautiful place to live’ ), I’ve been experimenting with doing groups of small paintings mounted together on coloured backgrounds.  I’ve used small canvas panels for the paintings and have mounted them together on studio wrap 38mm deep canvas.   The scene is a small part of a glorious sunrise I saw on my last visit to Port Macquarie, but it really could be anywhere along the coast.  I’m putting this one in a show at Lismore in a couple of weeks time.

Silent Waters – paintings 59-61 of 100 for 2013

Silent Waters triptych 1, oil on canvas mounted on hardboard, 28x75cms
Silent Waters triptych 1, oil on canvas mounted on hardboard, 28x75cms
Silent Waters triptych 2 - oil on canvas mounted on hardboard, 28x75cms.
Silent Waters triptych 2 – oil on canvas mounted on hardboard, 28x75cms.
Silent Waters Triptych 3 - oil on canvas mounted on hardborad, 28x75 cms.
Silent Waters Triptych 3 – oil on canvas mounted on hardborad, 28×75 cms.
Silent Waters Triptych mounted.
Silent Waters Triptych mounted.

These are three paintings I developed from the small paintings I put up in the previous post.  They are all scenes from Mudgeeraba Creek, a few kilometres down the road, right up in the headwaters of it, where it is very shallow.  There is a fantastic quality of light there in the early morning, when the sun is lighting up the tops of the trees but the under-canopy is in shadow.  The colours of reflections this makes is amazing – like liquid gold and green satin.   The work is currently on display at Monet’s Art Garden Gallery, Metro Centre, Hollywell Road, Labrador.  The mosaic table-top in the foreground is also my work, if anyone is wondering.