2021 is drawing to a close with a great deal of uncertainty surrounding us. I feel privileged to have my art practice/obsession to distract from reality. I have freedom to do what I want, when I want and by selling my art I have the guilt free ability to feed my obsession. That doesn’t mean I am without other day to day responsibilities and chores. If only!
A problem that arises from doing a lot of painting is the build up of finished work. It would be great to get everything you are happy with framed or mounted. This would result in the need for enormous storage racks. Selling on line is ideal because it can be ‘just in time’ framing and finishing. Even so, I do like to exhibit on real walls in local exhibitions. I always get a thrill to see my working hanging in a different location or context. Doing this requires a high standard of professionalism and presentation. So one can’t help but collect a body of framed and mounted work.
This week I was asked to set up an ongoing exhibition in a large doctors surgery in the city, City Doctors in Collins Street. I was ready to go from my store with ten medium to large paintings. Within a couple of days this was in place much to the delight of the practice manager and me. Perhaps the only person not so pleased was the maintenance man who arrived at 8.30 am screwdriver in one hand and bottle of bubbly in the other, planning on winding down for the holidays. I am sure he wasn’t going to drink it at work. The exhibition looks great and transforms the spaces from drab to colourful and exciting. The ones shown here have recently been reworked and are Industrial 2 and Industrial 1
My Truth series has grown in recent weeks with 3 works; a 60cm square and two 30cm ones. This is the larger and titled What is the truth.
A photo on a friend’s Facebook post inspired me to paint this image of Park Beach. The place where I met Gil 52 years ago at a now demolished surf club. It is an early evening shot. Always a challenge finding the right balance between abstraction and realism. And painting with a texture much like Vaseline. Aspects of it I am happy with. Maybe I should paint it in pure oils and brushes instead??? Ignore the blue tape. These are two 60 cm paintings side by side.
Also finished is Freycinet; a rework of a rework. The image is from Swansea looking across to Freycinet Peninsula. I have emphasised the mountains; the distinctive pink granite glowing in the afternoon sun.
Today I have started two large loose floral inspired abstracts, using magenta and indian yellow. Who knows where they will end up!!
I wish to thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you a safe and happy festive season. Make 2022 bring you joy and inspiration.
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