Flower spike dance, Monto

142_AWFlower spike dance, Monto  2014  Gouache, titanium white acrylic, pastel on 640gsm Arches paper 138_AW

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. 140_AW

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. 141_AWNot 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! 139_AW

OK, Carey….

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. hahaswimmer150

Let’s get it together, folks. Where are you/we?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

no illusions siteWell, 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.no illusions site

Revamping older pieces (never shown) while we await Carey’s new work to be posted.

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

3 skips for site3skips to each stone siteLook what happened to 3 SKIPS… yesterday. Was frustrated that it looked so ‘tame’…. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. But it sure was fun.3 skips to each stonesitebring 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

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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.

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New ground a year on

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. AW_136  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 AW_14_NewGroundGrassandBottle_E New Ground Grass Tree Hill  2014  Gouache and Acrylic on Arches  15cm x 15cm   AW_14_NewGroundGrassTreeHill_E

Still life with friend

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

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Thirty-six grapes  Louise Thomas  2014  Oil on canvas  90cm x 90cm

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Two pairs on stripes  Louise Thomas  2014  Oil on canvas  90cm x 70cm

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Been a long time. TOYS r us!

So, am working on very small items for a gallery in Santa Fe having a toy themed holiday show in December. Also, our own Catherine Brenner at Unsettled is having an ‘ornamental’ exhibition same month. They’re both getting toys in painting and drawing form. 5″x 5″ and having too much fun so far. They are all ink, acrylic & graphite and some crayon on rice paper (old sumi e paintings) mounted to masonite panels. Yes, the masonite was gessoed with black so sides are black, too. bunny jacks slinky baby blue