Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010

From Simeon Street

 From Simeon Street
Watercolour, Ink, Chinese Paint on Bockingford 
33cm x 26cm

From Simeon Street Ink
Ink on Watercolour Paper
24cm x 24cm

I recently discovered a new view of Clovelly from a high point near Simeon Street. It gives a wonderful outlook onto the landscapes and the graveyard and ocean in the distance. These are quick sketches from that point.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Blank Spaces

Fern Street Road
Watercolour and Chinese Ink on Rice Paper
58cm x 42cm

It is often hard to know when a painting is finished. In watercolour it is really important to be aware of over-working as this can dull a piece irretrievably. Oil and acyclic perhaps more forgiving as paint can be scraped back or painted on fresh. In watercolour I enjoy that each brush stroke is intrinsic to the final painting. Obviously, as a result I am attempting to make each stroke deliberate and beautiful, and also diverse. In these recent pieces I am deliberately exaggerating the under-working to leave some of the rice paper or watercolour paper completely exposed.

Fern Street
Watercolour and Chinese Ink on Rice Paper
50cm x 42cm

Bronte Fence
Watercolour and Chinese Ink on Arches
33cm x 27cm

Monday, 8 November 2010

Marine life in Gordons Bay

Swimming in Gordons Bay
Watercolour, Chinese Paint, Craft Glue, Sand and Barnacles
76cm x 57cm

In this piece I want to capture the landscape with different elements on the same page. The painting is  a landscape layered with features that define it. This is partially influenced by an Australian artist called John Wolseley. I visited his exhibition recently in the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney. Wolseley is inspired by the natural world and immerses himself in it to create wonderful layered beautiful documentations. I was inspired to approach Gordons Bay like this as this area is synonymous with its marine life. In painting this landscape I felt that the diving trail and marine life is intrinsic to the perception of the place. I wanted this to be central to the piece so i painted fish found in the bay along with the map lines of the scuba diving trail.  The painting also has sand and barnacles collected from the beach.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Heads

The Heads 
Watercolour and Chinese Paint on Arches
28cm x 40cm

The Harbour from Watsons Bay
Watercolour on Arches Paper
28cm x 40cm

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Silicon Artists

The Silicon Artists, Tangerine’s Dream, 2010, oil, silicone and polyurethane on board, 120 x 180cm
My recent article for New Linear Perspectives quizzes the successful Australian artist duo The Silicon Artists represented by Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney. Their work is shown above. The duo comprises of wife and husband, Catherine Conceicao and Josh Bullen. http://newlinearperspectives.wordpress.com/art/silicon-artists/