Black and White
a new series 2019:
using white oil paint scraped with a knife over black acrylic primed canvas, and a dash of colour in each.
In these I am symbolising that moment when the focus of our attention is on one thing, and all the rest fades away.
It is also an exercise in restraint, using the minimum amount of paint to achieve the desired tones, and letting the black do its work.
By scraping the paint thinly using the canvas texture, tones appear.
As always, I don't pre-draw but cut around the shapes in my mind, so the painting grows organically.
The Singing Tree 61 x 153 cm
Adding a flash of colour brings the small King parrot into balance with the much larger tree. A great sense of space and atmosphere.
Finalist Moreton Bay Region Art Awards 2019
Dawn Echoes 91 x 91 cm
As the sky here is very patterned, the tree can be just silhouetted against the trailing tinted clouds.
Glory on High 91 x 91 cm
The additional splash of glorious gold seizes attention and eclipses even such a powerful cloud formation.
Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular 2019
Calm Before the Storm 51 x 51 cm
That moment when the storm pressure is building, and brightness lights up the hills for a fleeting moment
Finalist Lethbridge 20000 2019
Jewel Inlet 121 x 91 cm
Again a big sky but...that gorgeous glinting water
Yes, I am working my way through the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, teal....