I always enjoy the time spent preparing new boards for my art pieces, I find it therapeutic as I can simply just do the work and don’t have to think. Another reason I enjoy this process is that I know when they are finished I can then start new work! So I am usually thinking when working on the boards about what I am going paint next – always a fun way to spend time.
I currently prefer to use plywood with a cradled frame instead of stretched canvas. This is because they are more stable, solid and longer wearing plus I can scratch and gouge into the paint without having to worry about damaging the canvas.
Each board’s sides are protected with masking tape because they will finally become a frame for the painting therefore it is important to keep them clean.
The board is then painted with 3 layers of Gesso with a light sanding between each layer.
This contemporary and colourful piece is created using myriad scratched and gouged layers of oil paint and cold wax medium in a myriad of colours.
I like to have fun and not always be serious when painting, hence this slightly off-centre piece. I painted this one for me.
The initial background was made up of many colours laid down on the board with bits of collaged pieces of my various coloured patterns here and there. I have a collection of previously prepared pieces as I often spend an hour or so preparing a collection of colours and geometric shapes by using acrylic paint on tissue paper. I then save these and cut them up for use whenever I think they may add to the depth and texture of a painting. It is a good way to immediately add interest and quirkiness. True they may be covered up in the following layers but some pieces do peek through and add interest.
I kept adding layers of colours which are scraped and gouged into the paint to allow the underneath layers to show through. I did this for a while and then stopped, stood back and looked at what I had achieved.
I use reflective time to allow me to get a feel of what is on the board. I try to see if any image is emerging?
In this instance I could see a cheeky fat cat sitting looking out of the window. A lovely lamp sits on a coffee table nearby.
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
I have decided to indulge my fascination with texture. I use whatever feels right at the time, pieces of paper, material and whatever else catches my imagination. I have been having such fun and look forward to where ever my new journey in this style takes me.
My new works are full of texture, depth and colour and my new pieces are all abstract in nature.
A lot of these pieces have been painted on recycled timber. I love to recycle wherever I can and Iuse pieces of found driftwood and old pieces of furniture. I also use pages from old books, pieces of material, broken zippers and whatever odd pieces I discover.
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.