Child’s Play

Original artwork painted in Oil on heavy duty stretched canvas.

It measures 1015mm x 760mm.

‘Child’s Play’ is a bright, cheerful, colorful image painted in a modern contemporary style in all the colours of the rainbow. It was painted with the view to add colour to the home. 

In this large piece I painted geometric shapes to create a pleasant image and used every colour I could manage. Are they children’s building blocks? could be! It would particularly suit a children’s bedroom or the nursery but at the moment I currently have it in my own bedroom as I love this piece and the colours make me happy.

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Overcome by Nature

PENTAX Image

Oil, Paper (collage) utilising cold wax medium on board.

Measurements: 67cm by 98cm

An ethereal figure in the landscape is swamped and overwhelmed by nature.

The piece is painted in oil using cold wax medium and small pieces of collage scattered around the canvas to create a complex natural environment.

I prefer to use traditional oil paint and utilise many layers of paint to create interest and depth. I also like to include the human form in my work.

Here I have aimed to achieve an abstracted view of nature which is reacting to the negative impact of human contact, the figure represents humankind.  

Rising sea levels, unseasonably high temperatures and drought hint that Nature cannot take much more destructive treatment at the hands of humans.

3 Moons in an Orange Sky

Three moons in an orange sky.

29cm x 29cm

This small piece of atmospheric abstract art in orange, purple and green is a very moody and mysterious piece. It is full of character and takes the viewer to unknown places in their mind. The distinctive image brings up memories long forgotten.

Painted in acrylic on a wood.  It has a timber support ton back to hang on wall or it can be lent on a shelf as shelf art.

It is a very small piece of art and is perfect to fit into those places that need just a little colour or interest to make a corner of the house seem interesting.

The piece is signed on the back and is finished with a clear varnish.

Ghost Gums

PENTAX Image

Oil with cold wax medium on board.

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm

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. 

Therefore, it goes to say that Gum Trees are a bit of a passion of mine. I have painted many gum trees over the years and currently I’m working on a new series of paintings of my beloved Gums. 

Ghost Gums is one of this series. For residents and travellers of Australia’s arid heartlands, it is the Ghost Gum, ranging prominently across rocky slopes, red sand plains and arid creek flats that typifies the outback.

Myriad scratched and gouged layers of blues, greys, pinks and whites are utilised to portray the physical and historic attributes of the Ghost Gum.

The Ghost Gum.   

Bitumen

PENTAX Image

Oil on canvas

Measurements: 121cm by 91cm

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.

Method:

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.

Playing with Driftwood again

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.

However here are my three latest pieces.

Working with Driftwood.

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I have been having great fun working with pieces of driftwood that I find on my daily walks on the beach.

Each time I find a piece I can usually visualise what I am going to do with that little piece of nature – however sometimes it takes a little longer to get the feel of the piece. Every piece of work is unique and there can never be another piece like it, as no two pieces of driftwood wood are ever the same.

First I take the necessary cleaning and pest control procedures to ensure the wood free and clean of any unwanted pests.  Then comes the shaping and preparation.  I find it very enjoyable whittling and shaping the wood into the shape that I can ‘see’ within the wood. Next the sanding and preparation of the surface to ensure the paint will adhere.

Once painted and finished each piece is completely sealed with a clear heavy duty sealer.

I often paint Australian fauna to raise their awareness as many species are declining and this is a disturbing trend.

Hope you like my latest little creatures.