I walk the beach at Lacey’s next door to
the mouth of Currumbin Creek each day and I love to watch the surfers catching
their waves. Alongside Currumbin Creek,
Lacey’s is a popular spot for serious surfers.
Painted in oil with cold wax medium on a
cradled board. This is another piece in my Smaller Art Collection. I create
these small pieces for those homeowners who do not have wall space for large
pieces of art. I believe everyone should
live with art, I hope these small pieces enable them to live with art in their
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!
The other day I was browsing through images of some of my earlier art works.
In particular, it was interesting to review my early abstract pieces. Two in particular still stand the test of time.
Red Beach Towel, Yellow Bikini
This piece was a tribute to the beach culture of the Gold Coast. The saying goes that ‘Life is a Beach; all you need is sun, sand and sea.
This piece was done as a tryptic and was painted in oil and was my very first attempt at abstract.
My second attempt at abstract was a diptych. Caged Music was painted in oil and was an exercise in texture. I remember the fun I had fun finding all sorts of materials to build up the texture of the painting.
Both of these pieces were sold and I hope the owners are still enjoying them.
This morning I went for my early morning walk and I always walk along the sand and paddle in the waves. Yes – I know, I am very lucky to have this beautiful ocean as my back yard. Today the sun was shining, the water was glistening and it was just perfect!
As I stroll along the sand I am always on the lookout for beautiful, perfectly shaped pebbles. If you have visited my shop on Etsy, you will have seen that I paint beautiful little green tree frogs on these pebbles either as paperweights or rubbing stones. Every pebble is unique as no two stones or little green frogs for that matter, are ever the same as I paint each frog to suit the pebble.
Sometimes it is not easy to find enough of these pebbles however I acknowledge that the ocean gives these pebbles as gifts whenever it wishes, not when I require them. So I am always grateful. Today I was lucky to find two lovely specimens.
Anyhow to get back to what I was intending to talk about today – the ‘Dog Friendly; Beach.
Near where I walk each morning is a ‘Dog Friendly’ section where people can take their dogs to walk and play on the beach and swim in the ocean. It is always such a joy to watch these canines and their owners have such a great time.
Watching owners throw ball for their dogs is entertaining and I have noted that it is often the dog who controls the ‘catch ball’ game. I love the way the dog drops the ball on the sand just far enough away so the owner has to walk to pick it up. I personally think that this is the dog’s way to remind their owner just who the master is in the relationship!
Anyhow it is all very entertaining to watch.
So I hope you enjoyed these photos of my back yard as much as I enjoyed my morning walk.