The past month has thrown a few challenges my way. I have been quite unwell and having to confront some major life style changes. Dealing with it all and so pleased that my art practice is not effected. Art is all about problem solving and adapting and those skills have helped me so much in this journey.
Four abstract landscapes were finished. Here are two of them. These are in mounts ready to frame.
A large coastal work was started but I was very uncertain how to proceed so it’s been sitting waiting for a decision. I think now I might work with glazes but without cold wax medium because it is quite big being 100 x 85 cm. A process that might work well in a smaller format may not apply in a larger. It’s daunting!
The first photo is of a quick small sketch in acrylics. The second is the under painting for the larger version.
Two more had been broached using a colour palette from the recent painting shown below which really appealed to me. Maroon, a dark blue turquoise, a green and warm beiges all created from Alizaron crimson, ultramarine blue, Indian yellow, black and white.
I then tried creating two larger ones. They didn’t scale up as well as I had hoped so I continued adding layers and marks. Not yet finished but this is the current state.
It’s amazing how you can create so many colour combinations from a limited range of paint colours. How they hold together and harmonise even if the style or processes differ.
Sticking with the same palette but with more loose, intuitive marks the next two became somewhat visceral, reflecting my inner turmoil.
These are still in progress.
Early September was time to change my exhibitions at four Doctors practices. I tried to be super organised to reduce the physical effort required. I was only a week late. With the help of Gil I managed to hang 27 paintings. Sorell Doctors and Rosny Doctors are yet to go with 17 more painting. Hopefully in the next day or so.
The Rotary Art Show is on as we speak and I have four works on display there. After this I have to decide on my entries for the Kingborough Art Prize and Royal Hobart Show to he held in October. It seems like a lot of work but it is necessary to maintain a strong and consistent presence in the local art scene. It’s good to know that local charities are supported too.
Early October will bring my next exhibition change at Sandy Bay Doctors which should be a new body of work. I have Gil busily making boards to mount my paintings. So grateful to have such support.
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