Sun loving species in its natural habitat.

PENTAX Image

SUN LOVING SPECIES IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT

Oil on Board using wax medium

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm

Most Australians live near the coast so going to the beach is a popular leisure activity. I live on the Gold Coast so I regularly paint sun surf and sand.

I love the human form; this piece shows a local sun loving species in its natural habitat.  Two figures are revelling in the sun, soaking up its warmth; his face is turned toward the sun however she is obeying Australia’s slip, slop and slap slogan and wears a hat to shade her face.

Do you feel their languid repose as they nearly melt into the sand – life’s a beach!

Going Geometrical

I have had a client asking for a large black and white geometrical piece for their front hallway, to match their front floor mat!  What I have always called this type of art is ‘Interior Decor’ art and I haven’t been a fan of this type of work but it seems growing in popularity.

I must also admit that I don’t usually do geometrical as my art is more organic and flowing but I chose to rise to the occasion and accept the challenge.

The customer wanted a very simple pattern so initially I was not able to include any embellishments. Being large and all the straight lines and corners, it took ages!  However I found it a lesson in concentration and precision and great practice in painting straight lines.  The repetition I found to be mind relaxing as I was simply following the pattern and filling in the spaces.

geometric

I was however able to convince the client to allow me to include a quirky addition to the painting to give it some soul – a climbing man.

geometric-man

The reason I haven’t done geometric in the past is that I have always thought that it wasn’t artistically exciting enough.   However  I was slightly surprised hat after finishing the piece that I am now incentivised to try to experiment with some geometric patterns in my work. It will be interesting to so where it eventuates over time.