Eucalyptus are a passion of mine. We lived next to bushland
and spent hours playing among gum trees as a child and the smell of eucalyptus transports
me back to those carefree times.
An iconic symbol that infuses Australians with a sense of
place, is the Coolabah Tree. Waltzing
Matilda’s words ‘under the shade of a Coolabah tree’ raises goose bumps and confirms
I belong – I am Australian.
When I paint, I usually include the human form and often a
sense of what it is to be Australian.
This piece features the Coolabah tree; sitting underneath is
a female figure, what is she doing there?
In my practice my preferred medium is oil and cold wax, this
enables me to utilise many layers of paint to create interest and depth. Myriad
scratched and gouged layers of blues, greys, pinks plus whites are utilised to
portray the Coolabah tree and female figure.
When we visited Tasmania, I immediately hit the bitumen. Like a modern-day explorer, I use bitumen roads and highways to seek the natural beauty of Tasmania. However, whilst these highways traverse and float over the land acting like a magic carpet to take me wherever I wish, combined with today’s ever-growing civilisation, they tend to mask the real Tasmania.
This piece is initially painted in many layers of blues
greens oranges and purple to represent the colours of natural Tasmania – it’s beautiful
trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and sky.
This montage of colour is then covered in grey and white to
represent today’s continual encroachment of buildings and development on the
landscape. Grey and white signifies tin,
concrete and steel, all dull uninspiring colours. Then over that, is painted harsh black to
represent the bitumen.
Tasmania’s natural beauty is hidden beneath civilisation. As
we traverse the bitumen to get where we want to go, we must delve deep to see the
natural Tasmania. Look through the black,
grey and white, it is there underneath, waiting to be discovered.
As mentioned in my previous post, I am going to upload some of my recent paintings. Today’s painting is called Turquoise Static. This was painted in acrylic on a stretched canvas. I have used my usual technique of laying down multiple layers of paint and many bright colours to create this energetic image – turquoise, orange and white with pops of green and blue. It literally zings off the canvas. This crisp bright little piece of art was fun to paint. It makes me happy.
Ive been working on some of the pieces of driftwood from my collection in my studio. These pieces of wood are collected whilst on my daily beach walks. Unfortunately the number of pieces that I find are diminishing at the moment. It will take another huge storm to provide me with fresh stock.
It has been quite a while since I have got out my oil paints – maybe years! I had always loved painting with the rich and creamy oil paint but the length of the drying time was the reason I went to acrylic paint. I was always in a hurry to complete my works.
Don’t get me wrong, I love acrylic paint – they are so versatile and fast drying but OILS are just wonderful and the oil colour is so vibrant and the texture is so silky and organic – I have fallen in love with Oils again!
SO I will just have to get used to taking life at a slower pace when I work in Oil. Naturally I will continue to paint in acrylics as well.
Below is the first large oil painting I have finished since my return to this medium.