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.
I have been working on a very large canvas to go on the living room wall in our home. Our living room opens to the front balcony which is up among the treetops of a beautiful leopard tree and lovely poinsettia tree. It is such a lovely retreat to sit on the deck and be surrounded by waiving leafy branches away from the rest of the world.
So when I was trying to decide on a suitable subject matter for this large painting, it took quite a while. Did I want to do a colourful abstract? I wasn’t sure and as I don’t paint in a traditional style, a landscape was out. One day whilst reading out on the deck, it finally dawned on me, paint my treetops!
I took some photos looking upwards into my treetops and then played around with them in Photoshop until I settled on a suitable composition.
First sketch the tree trunk and branches.
Then I had to paint in the tree canopy and all of the leaves. This took quite a while until I was happy with the composition.
It was quite a task to hang this large painting as it had to be hung in a very high position above our staircase. This involved ladders, tressels and the help of a builder; however it is finally up and looks great. What do you think?
I have continued with my experimentation with geometric patterns in my art. It has been interesting and a little fun.
I just completed this piece called Organic Geometric. I attempted to mix my organic style with geometric patterns. The subject is is based on items found in the garden – ferns, flowers and wood. I decided to use different sized pieces of small branches from my own garden to create a pattern down one side of the artwork. This I did by dipping the ends of the twigs into the paint and then stamping them onto the canvas. The resulting orange circles show the growth rings inside each of the branches, which I felt made a nice touch.
I found I had to hold my self back to ensure that my organic style of painting did not take over the geometric patterns however I am quite pleased with the end result.
I will definitely continue to include geometric patterns in future work.
I have decided to indulge my fascination with texture. I use whatever feels right at the time, pieces of paper, material and whatever else catches my imagination. I have been having such fun and look forward to where ever my new journey in this style takes me.
My new works are full of texture, depth and colour and my new pieces are all abstract in nature.
A lot of these pieces have been painted on recycled timber. I love to recycle wherever I can and Iuse pieces of found driftwood and old pieces of furniture. I also use pages from old books, pieces of material, broken zippers and whatever odd pieces I discover.
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