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.

What a beautiful place to live – 48-58

Storm Clearing Hinze Dam - oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Storm Clearing Hinze Dam – oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Calm Pool Mudgeeraba Creek, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Calm Pool Mudgeeraba Creek, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Antarctic Beech Tree, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Antarctic Beech Tree, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Mudgeeraba Creek, Spring Foliage, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Mudgeeraba Creek, Spring Foliage, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Top of the Falls, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms.
Top of the Falls, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms.
Dancing ghost gums, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30x 30 cms.
Dancing ghost gums, Springbrook, oil on canvas board, 30x 30 cms.
Clouds over the Tallai Hills, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Clouds over the Tallai Hills, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Poinciana in Bloom, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms.
Poinciana in Bloom, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms.
Coomera Falls, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms.
Coomera Falls, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms.
Into the Canopy, oil on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Into the Canopy, oil on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Forest reflections, Mudgeeraba Creek, oil on canvas board, 30x30
Forest reflections, Mudgeeraba Creek, oil on canvas board, 30×30

 

I recently had the task of painting twenty small sketches of “my place” for the Fine Arts painting unit I was then doing.  These are some of the paintings that resulted.  The exercise focused my thoughts on what I find so special in the place where I live.  Many of the paintings were of Mudgeeraba Creek, an unassuming little water-way that wends its way through sub-tropical rainforest, often very shallow, rippling over polished river stones. 

 

Landscape in the figure – a touch of surrealism 47/100 of 2013

There was a door to which I had no key, oil on canvas, 82x62cm
There was a door to which I had no key, oil on canvas, 82x62cm

I’m trying a different way of combining the figure and the landscape here — the landscape is in the figure, rather than the other way around. I’m not sure what anyone else will make of it, but I’m rather liking it. Instead of being a straightforward narrative, the viewer has more freedom to create their own meaning. For some reason, as I was painting it, a verse of the Rubaiyat came to mind (verse 32 Fitzgerald trans.):

There was a Door to which I found no Key:
There was a Veil through which I could not see:
Some little Talk awhile of Me and Thee
There seemed — and then no more of Thee and Me

Not sure if this even fits the painting, or what it means, but that’s what came to mind.

A Day at the Beach – Paintings 31-46/100 for 2013

As part of my current university studies in painting I have recently been investigating the effects of time at a particular place. I have been working on my favorite little beach on the Gold Coast. We’ve always called it Echo Beach — I don’t know if that’s its real name — a tiny little cove nestled into Burleigh Headland on the side of Tallebudgera Creek. For this exercise I have had to paint three sketches each of different times of day, then a more finished painting of each of the three times, then two paintings further exploring the concept of time at that place.

Squeaker sketch - 30x15
Squeaker sketch – 30×15
Echo beach Noon - oil on canvas, 60x45
Echo beach Noon – oil on canvas, 60×45
Echo Beach Early Afternoon - oil on canvas, 45x60
Echo Beach Early Afternoon – oil on canvas, 45×60
Echo Beach early afternoon - watercolour sketch
Echo Beach early afternoon – watercolour sketch
Echo Beach Early Afternoon - oil sketch 30x40
Echo Beach Early Afternoon – oil sketch 30×40
Echo Beach Early Afternoon - Mixed Media 30x40
Echo Beach Early Afternoon – Mixed Media 30×40
Echo Beach - Dawn - Watercolour 30x40
Echo Beach – Dawn – Watercolour 30×40
Echo Beach Dawn - oil pastel, 30x15
Echo Beach Dawn – oil pastel, 30×15
Echo beach dawn

Life Drawing exhibition – Gold Coast Art Society 24-2-13 to 30-03-12

A little masculine appeal - conte and pen on paper, 12 x 14"
A little masculine appeal – conte and pen on paper, 12 x 14″
Languid musings - graphite on paper 14x11"
Languid musings – graphite on paper 14×11″
Almost asleep - graphite on paper, 14x11"
Almost asleep – graphite on paper, 14×11″
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Sculpted back --graphite and pen on paper 11x14"
Sculpted back –graphite and pen on paper 11×14″

From Sunday 24th February the Royal Queensland Art Society is hosting an exhibition of work done in their life drawing sessions. These are my contributions. This is in addition to their usual monthly show, this time themed “Fakes and Frauds”. The gallery is at 25 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach (next to the Broadbeach Surf Lifesaving Club) and it’s open from 11-3 weekdays and 9-5 weekends. If you are wondering why I have three naked ladies and only one man, it’s because we very rarely get a male model. Nothing to do with my preferences.

All the works are for sale, by the way — a very reasonable $40.00 each for the graphite sketches (mounted on black matt board) and $80.00 each for the pen sketches, which are attractively framed.