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.   

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Sittting under a Coolabah – Shades of Banjo Pattterson

Oil with cold wax medium on board.

PENTAX Image

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.  

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.   

 

Turquoise Static

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.

Fruit Bowl

‘Bowl of Fruit’ is a bright and colorful image painted in a modern contemporary style – orange, yellow, purple and black. 

Painted in the impressionist style, I was inspired to paint this piece after seeing the work of Gilles Gorriti whilst in Paris on holidays.

Gorriti is a virtuoso in using the full range of his palette. He creates both subtle, unobtrusive fragments of delicate tones alongside vibrantly orchestrated blocks of color.

I certainly cannot reach his level of skill, I can only hope to one day improve to get somewhere near his level of expertise; but it was fun trying.

Returning to Oil Painting

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.

Nymph in the Rainforest.

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My little Gouldian Finch has been featured.

My little Gouldian Finch has been added to this week’s update of the Wandarrah team website – Home Decor section.
http://www.australianwandarrah.com/shophomedecor.html
Please visit this site as it is full of fabulous art and hand made items from a heap of superb Australian Artists.

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I have also included some images of other small Australian Bird paintings  I did in this series for your consideration. Let me know what you think of them.  Thanks.

Up in the Treetops

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.

treetops Working on up in the Treetopstreetops Finished the Tree Trunks

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.

Up in the Tree Tops

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?

in the treetops