An exhibition themed Wilderness at the Art Society of Tasmania’s Lenah Valley Lady Franklin Gallery inspired this work; Wild Tarkine. It’s of a stretch of coastline in the Tarkine Wilderness on the West Coast of Tasmania. Mostly painted with oil sticks, I tried to bring the sense of energy, wild isolation and awesomeness of this natural environment to the painting. One in my coastal series it measure 60 cm square and will soon be up on my website. The exhibition is open on weekends from 11 - 4 until 27 February.
Also in the exhibition is Forest Floor 1 a more subtle painting in oil and cold wax but framed under glass.
I also have two 30 x 40 cm unframed oil paintings on marine ply there as well. One is of Jeanerett Beach in the Bay of Fires and the other looking out from Lime Bay. These were done quite a while ago in a more traditional style. and are heavily discounted at $100 each.
The sale of Lurking within on Bluethumb last week inspired to reflect on this work, the second sold in the series, and why I moved in a different direction. I had really liked them, but you know I like to push things a little further each time. I had started two more in this series but I limited the palettes; one was blues and the other reds. They misbehaved and went in different directions. The secret to the originals was the use of transparent colours that glowed jewel like from below. These recalcitrants included some opaque paints to give some variety with the limited colour range used. Didn’t work. One morphed into something I quite like but more akin to my Unearthed series. The blue one is still in the ‘naughty corner’
So, I was prompted to have another go. I kept to transparent colours and covered the surface with 3 primaries then worked into the surface to add lots of subtle marks and shapes. The next step was to place masks over a lot of the surface and paint with white paint. When dry stencils were then used to build up shapes. Then more marks, more stencils etc. This is they. Sitting in the pending corner so I can review them with fresh eyes in the next few days. Probably will work into them a bit more.
This one was one of two experiments using black instead of white as the first overlay. I didn’t use wax with the black paint and it is still wet so can’t take them further yet. I was also trying out a different composition.
On reflection, I think it is good to replicate a process but not a painting. It is boring. I like to take things to a new l or different level each time, building on what has gone before.
A few other smaller works are on the easel where I am experimenting with compositions and colour combinations but I am about to start two new 80 cm ones. Building on the following two.
I have started the process of disposing of my hoard of paintings and have some to take to the tip shop in the near future. Some I still like but don’t fit with my current style. But others might like them and the Co-op can sell them for recycling.
I so love painting!! If you don’t paint but have any urge to do so, go for it. Enjoy the process and don’t think about the finished painting.
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