Flower spike dance, Monto 2014 Gouache, titanium white acrylic, pastel on 640gsm Arches paper
I paid a little visit to the new Grass Tree site this week to help finish off this drawing for a local art prize. I don’t actually think it’s prize worthy as this is really just some fun play at the start of a new series, but I really wanted to participate as it’s a great show. This hillside of extraordinary trees is a 1 hour drive from home and I’m a bit taken with it, though I must confess to constantly looking out for snakes as I bumble around in the dry grasses.
The trees were in heavy flower—with their enormous flower spikes poking skyward, covered in tiny blossoms and bees—so I came home and made some blossom marks on watery gouache to use as collage. Not sure it’s successful yet, but will be fun to explore further.
And recently the Nearest became gainfully employed at a place that digs up titanium dioxide —the essential for Titanium White—so you may be seeing a lot of obvious links to come and a lot of Titanium White in use!
INSIDE OF ME. IN SPITE OF ME. 8″x 16″….found lovely 8″ panels that are 2″ deep for a mere $7. each. Couldn’t resist. Maybe someone or biz will commission me to make them BIG. That’d be swell.Meanwhile, I’m loving these pups. Must get more of those small panels….I bought the last 3 they had.
seems you think your newest work isn’t up to ‘par’….well looky what I just did yesterday afternoon. For a toy show in Santa Fe at the gallery. Sigh. But, danged if I don’t love the little duckie. 8″x 8″ acrylic on panel.
Now….back to painting MY not as happy and not as cute stuff. haha
Well, the image below wasn’t finished afterall. It IS finished now. Changed the ‘title’ in the painting….had just scribed it in…took that out and printed it with my old rubber stamp kit bought years ago at an antique store in Nebraska. Missing only a few lower case letters and one upper case. Case/schmase, says I. haha. Also added some finessing bottom right. Better methinks.
Finished enough to show. NO ILLUSIONS, NO REPLAYS. 24″x 24″ acrylic on panel.
As soon as the Sunday luncheon was over and dishes in the dishwasher, I went to the studio and started revamping two paper pieces. Have one or two more to do.
First is: 3 SKIPS TO EACH STONE 29×41 inches. acrylic and crayon and graphite on paper
Look what happened to 3 SKIPS… yesterday. Was frustrated that it looked so ‘tame’…. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. But it sure was fun.bring back the white, she said. hahaha. Who knows? I’ll probably end up scrapping this one. But it was fun.
Second is: IT’S ALL OVER NOW 29×41 inches. acrylic, crayon and graphite on paper
actual wording printed and stamed on the piece is: Must get away from what relates, ’cause it’s all over now
Back in the studio after a 3 week break and I don’t mean to insult all clever canines, but the commission I’ve been working on is a dog!
Hah! There it is, said out loud.
So I rename it a colourful, textured underpainting and am going about reworking the areas that are truly howling. It’s always good to step away from something for a while, but I know the following quote by Robert Hughes really helped me reflect and redefine the species of this painting.
“… no painting, that’s of any quality, is very easy to understand because the function of a painting is to always expand one’s experience. So if it were easy to understand then it would fall within what you already know.”
Even though I don’t work in abstraction there is already a 20cm x 40cm area in it’s 2m expanse that I’m happy with. An area that I don’t really understand, that I don’t need to explain, but that is helping me view the rest of the piece in a different way. Hopefully it won’t send me barking mad.
I couldn’t figure out if I could add to my last post….so here’s the new one with more ‘toy’ painting/drawings….
When Dave braved a visit to Mt Perry last year we headed out on a bottle tree search and stumbled upon this beautiful hillside of grass trees near the town of Monto. Two weeks ago I finally got back there, and my travelling buddies pointed out to me that there were also bottle trees growing on the slopes above them. So this is part of a new site I’m going to explore, and see what happens. These little sketches are headed to Woodgate Arts in Spring this weekend. Really looking forward to getting into more next week. Just a phone pic, so need to go back with all the sketcharama bits and the good camera… and get up earlier… and…
New Ground Grass and Bottle 2014 Gouache and Acrylic on Arches 17cm x 25cm New Ground Grass Tree Hill 2014 Gouache and Acrylic on Arches 15cm x 15cm
Last weekend I had a friend visit, Louise Thomas, and she’s been doing some beautiful still lifes lately. So we spent the time taking shots of her paintings and talking about talking to galleries, and talking about dogs.
On the tiles Louise Thomas 2014 Oil on canvas 70cm x 90cm
Thirty-six grapes Louise Thomas 2014 Oil on canvas 90cm x 90cm
Two pairs on stripes Louise Thomas 2014 Oil on canvas 90cm x 70cm