Big Sky

I was thrilled to bits to learn that Brett from the Bundaberg Writer’s Club had written a wonderful song, inspired by my ‘Big Sky’ painting.

Brett’s song is posted on Vimeo…Click Big Sky Dreaming to check it out.

Thanks Brett for the great song. You are inspiring me in return!

WBHD 2…another great success story for BRAG!

‘Sing your song songwriter…
wrap it in a big blue sky,

you give your words to me
tied up with ribbons and riffs

Big Sky Dreaming…
finding meaning.’

Big Sky


I’m back!

I have just returned from Melbourne where I had been looking after my mother as she had been in hospital. I was so pleased that I was able to help her settle back into a routine in her own home.

It was lovely to see  so many of the Melbourne gardens full of rhododendrons and camellias. Bundaberg is a bit too hot for them.

I have been focusing on digital imagery in recent months, but I am keen to do some more painting soon.  cxwitkin head5 copy

Last one!


This work is possibly the last one I need to paint for this exhibition.  I am calling it Big Country 2.  It is an acrylic collage on canvas.   90cm h x 120cm w

It has had multiple layers of paint applied over another old infinity pattern that I found in my back storage shed.   Collage elements include wallpapers, fabrics, but mostly they are thin plastics from old doilies and tablecloths.  C x

That painting

imageSome paintings seem to have a will of their own….this is one of them.

The girl figure, wearing her third face,  somehow managed to jump to the far left of the canvas. She was joined by several other figures.  I was not consulted!  Ha!

I call it The Bride and her Companions.  I  don’t think it will survive for long.  It doesn’t have much Aussie content.  It just became an exercise in patterning.

Oh well, try again!







More painting

I have roughed out  a painting design that gives me the a positive feeling.  The canvas is 150cm sq…my favourite size .  The design has been painted over an old collage and this is giving it an interesting surface.  I am using acrylics and often dry the paints even faster, with my hairdryer.   So impatient!  If this


design works, you will see more of the stages to come as the work develops.

Well it’s the evening of day one for this work and it has survived.  I have been using various old plastic place mats as stencils and they add a richness to the surface of the canvas that is quite appealing.

I spent much of the afternoon trying to get the face right and happily, the face and figure have developed to my satisfaction.  I painted the girls dress black and will try to pick up some of the textures from the old collaged canvas support.

I  cant help thinking of Marc Ryden’s ‘Creatrix’ when I paint full skirts like this. His attention to detail is particulary special.  He captures the beauty and luminescence of the fabrics he depicts.  Amongst other things!

I think it must be essential to paint in oils to achieve the quality of the blending apparent in his work.

Anyway, back to the job at hand.  Talk art soon!  C x