Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at
Creating in a series, leads to a wonderful unfolding of one’s creativity.
Creating in a series leads to Cathedral Cove Lifting Off
What follows is the last in this series of Cathedral Cove paintings to date. As I write this I am continuing to work on cave like images, but have since moved on to other places that inspire me. Of all the athedral Cove images, these are I feel, the best and were only arrived at by creating in a series and painting my way through the other works. So what we are seeing here is that series of works evolvingto a conclusion, and it is interesting to see how the subconscious flow allows somethings to emerge and take precedence, and others to fade away.
For example you will see in both of these works that the ground has fallen completely away and the angelic like figures have taken precedence. These figures now dominate both works.
Then we can observe that the surrounding space, particularly in the Cathedral Cove VII, has become almost womb like.
Cathedral Cove VII 20″x16″
I have felt that presence very strongly while working with this cave in particular. When you are standing inside there you feel, enclosed, almost cradled within mother earth’s arms, that you are within her womb in a sense!
Also this painting was a study really, for the larger one and painted on a much smaller canvas. The brush work is more raw and the figures take up a much larger space in the picture plane than in the painting below.
Cathedral Cove VIII
In the second painting as seen above, the figures are more elevated, they soar above us and are represented with a much stronger colour palette. This is by far the more elegant of the two pieces. If you really want to push yourself, then creating in a series is the way to go. I never dreamed I would end up with these paintings when I began my first left handed Cathedral cove painting.
Next Post : The transition paintings
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at
The Working Artist
The working artist, now what does that mean exactly? It is amazing how much of our journey as an artist is in our heads. Or in our heart and not in our heads. It has taken me most of my life time so far to realize and own being an artist and what that means to me. So many of the stories I told myself, kept me from the truth of the creator I really am. However when I look back, there was always creativity going on at some level. So this journey continues. And finally realizing that I truly am a working artist, is a wonderful thing.
Cathedral Cove V
So apart from teaching others how to unfold their own creativity for 16 hours a week, I now spend as much of the rest of my time as I can, engaged with my creative process.
There are of course many different roles one engages in during the course of creating art works and finally exhibiting them.
- Updating Inventory and keeping the studio stocked with – ie paints, canvas, stretcher bars, screws, staples, string, paint brushes etc.
- Artist Dates
- Planning – Choosing what to paint – long and short term, building a bigger picture
- Research – Finding galleries, looking for subject matter, mining personal histories..
And of course that doesn’t take into account any of the regular other stuff one has to do, like shopping, picking kids up from school, cooking, cleaning…… yada, yada, yada…..
To continue unfolding my working artist, here are 2 more paintings in the cave series.
Cathedral Cove VI
Tp paint this image I again turned the previous painting upside down and proceeded to paint it . Interestingly it can really be viewed either way. And this way it becomes an entirely different proposition
Cathedral Cove VI The Right Way Up
I then pushed the image even further, into the following work…….
Cathedral Cove IX
Next Post: But wait – there’s more! Look out for the next installment in the Cathedral Cove series
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at
Cathedral Cove - Te Whanganui-A-Hei
Firstly I’d like to share a photo of this magical place, Cathedral Cove, which I visited earlier this year and is a favourite place of mine from my childhood. My second post in this series is to bring you the next two pieces in the three painting, left-handed challenge that I have begun. Below is the second painting, which incidentally was painted from the first painting, which I turned upside down first. I then proceeded to paint it, continuing with the left hand again. I also used a palette knife in this painting as can be seen by the very textured appearance in the upper right hand corner of the work. When I had finally finished it, I turned the painting up the right way, as you see it here and was fascinated to observe that the cave had lifted off the ground in the process!
Cathedral Cove II 18×24″
The next one was a little larger and in it I worked to convey the idea of the interconnectedness of the elements, rock and air.
Cathedral Cove III 38×27″
Next Post: The beginning of the five paintings in a week challenge!