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.   

 

Further experimentation with geometric

I have continued with my experimentation with geometric patterns in my art.  It has been interesting and a little fun.  organic-geometric

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.

twig-closeup

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.