‘Black Crows’ is an
intriguing image painted in a modern style. Yellow, black and purple.
Painted in a
contemporary manner, I was inspired to paint this piece after hearing the crows
that are always calling each other in our neighborhood,
It is a little menacing, but intriguing. I have used many layers of black yellows and ochres with hints of purple to represent the depths of the trees in the bush they reside in. The crows rule the bush and protect their territory against intruders.
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.
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.