Exciting New Works
Exciting New Works are rolling off the easel every day now. In preparation for my solo show in December, I am working hard, painting at least one new work a week,. Today I’m sharing some close up snippets of the new work and a vlog of work on the Triptych.
Below are some snippets from some of the other works, as well as this one, that I’m currently creating. If you would like to keep up to date with my latest works as they happen, please sign up for my Collector’s Newsletter, ‘Notes From The Studio’.
One of the most exciting new works I have done recently is the Triptych, “New Horizons”. It is the major work in my refugee series. Two of the panels have as their inspirational source, the mists of a Rotorua hot pool.
You may wonder how I see things in the mist. I am I Myst Weaver. One of the things I can do, when I am connected to my inner source, is see images unfold within the mists. However the full impact of the images do not crystallise until I work with the images in paint. As I work with the painting many things then begin to unfold.
For example in the centre panel, on the left, (seen below) there is a large figure, an Earth spirit, related to the New Zealand land. Then if you look at the broken line of blue paint which leads from behind the blue figure in the middle, down to the bottom of the painting, you will see near the bottom, a bird image. When I painted this section, those paint marks were intended to signify the detritus that man leaves in his wake as he passes through the world.
However a couple of days later when I was standing back and looking at the work, I noticed there was a very definite figure of a bird sitting at the bottom of the painting. I have found on several occasions that air or water spirits seem to find their way into my paintings. This little fellow looks rather like an owl or perhaps the Australian kookaburra.
While this work is founded in the refugee’s story, it is also a multi-layered piece. Part of the story is a comment on our environmental record as a race.
How The Series Evolved
To give you some insight into how this painting evolved I will describe how the left hand panel unfolded. You can see the figures at the top of this panel which did come from a photo of a hot pool. As I was working on the drawings for this panel I came across a news article showing the recent destruction of ancient antiquities in a Syrian museum, and in the Ruins of Palmyra. These priceless artefacts were damaged by recent fighting there.
Therefore this panel speaks to, not only the refugees plight, but also to the destruction of heritage that occurs during war. Two things are occurring here. One is destroying the priceless artefacts, from ancient races. Things that can never be replaced. And secondly is destroying people’s heritage. So often in war, we see, the attempt by the aggressors, to obliterate not only a race, but also any evidence that they might have ever existed. The latter they attempt to achieve, by destroying that race’s cultural heritage.