In 2008, my hubby and I travelled half-way around the world to South Australia, to stay with a friend living on Kangaroo Island. It was a magical time on an idillic island, just off the coast of Adelaide. We were there for two months and travelled around the island, making new friends and visiting areas of South Australia and Tasmania. We are so grateful to our friend, Penny Furseman, for allowing us to stay with her and for putting up with us!
Therefore, the devastating fires that have affected Australia and places we visited, have had an effect on us. The images shown here are my creative responses to that devastation. I have mentioned in previous notes, that my work is created from emotional, intuitive influences, rather than the observed. When I start to paint, I rarely know what will happen, until the piece starts to ‘speak’ to me and that can often take a while, as my mind processes a situation and relays it to the hand.
In the works shown above, I have used a limited palette to describe the first four pieces, but have added additional colours of green, blue and yellow to the last one, ‘Oh Australia! V’, naming it ‘Rebirth and Renewal’, to reflect the amazing way nature is healing the land.
I plan to donate 10% of the net sales from these works to a fund to assist in the restoration of Kangaroo Island.
In a previous post I showed you my studio in its confused state whilst my hubby was installing stacking storage for my completed paintings. At that time I promised to show you the after pictures as well and here they are. I’m very pleased with the results and can’t think why I didn’t realise that I needed it beforehand. Now I have so much more space to work in and, whilst I usually work flat, I can now also use the easel that was difficult to reach formerly. It may not look like it, but I have had a big clear out of stuff. I must have another go, but I’m on a painting roll at the moment and don’t want to break that, as you will see in my next post. BTW, not all the pieces on display around the studio are mine, there is a lovely one that my grandson painted, another two by Ray Balkwill, and also ones by a friend, Jane Hartnoll and Brian Chugg. These provide inspiration as I work.
Although it has been very cold in the studio, over the last month I have finished off three works in progress. They seem fairly representational, recognisable as seascapes, however, I don’t often have a plan of what the work will become, I tend to paint until the piece starts to tell me where I’m going. There is a lot of layering and changes of direction before I get there. These three have been works in progress for several months, in fact I started one of them in 2017. No names yet, still drying.