You know I think artworks are always in the emerging category are they not?
Following my recent visit to New Zealand I have begun a new series of work. To introduce you to this work I am sharing a vlog which traces the development of the painting ‘You Are Welcome Here’, from its inspiration to its completion.
There is more about this work ‘You Are Welcome Here’ to be found on my website. This is the second work in the series. I have explained how this series was born as part of the description to the first painting in the series – ‘Refugee‘.
Here is the finished work.
This Weeks Question: Can you leave a comment – what are your thoughts on this art work? I would love to hear what you think.
So this Heroines journey has literally taken her across the water – a big ditch that separates Australia from New Zealand. I am on a mythic heroines journey here, tracing the story of my re-emerging creative self which had it’s seeds sown back in May 2013…..
It all began here….
and what followed was a series of intuitive paintings – completed with my non dominant hand. Take a look at my earlier posts on this journey.
In this return journey a friend – budding film maker – Prue Kelsey and I, are exploring these beginnings and making a series of short videos tracing the ‘artists journey’ and development. As these interviews are completed I will be putting them up on the website for you to see.
The above image is one small painting from this series.
Have you ever been to Lake Ohau, or for that matter to any of the other beautiful lakes in the South Island of New Zealand? They are truly magical places. The water is quite breathtaking. On the particular day I took the photo that led to painting Lake Ohau, the sun was shining and we were about to have a picnic on the foreshore of this wonderful lake. However as we were getting the picnic things out of the car, suddenly an amazing storm blew in and I just had time to whip the camera out and capture this extraordinary image. I forgot to photograph all the steps of this work as I was doing it, however I do have stages one and two of it.
Lake Ohau Stage I
As you can see, stage one had some pretty big unresolved things in it. The sky on the right hand side of the painting wasn’t working at all. It was too fussy and wooden. The centre of the work has two strong diagonal lines in it which just didn’t work and the foreground was way too dominant, it was acting as a barrier to entering the painting. It stops you from getting over the water and into the distance. So some radical reworking was needed. Here is the reworked image below….
Lake Ohau II
A much better solution I feel.
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Underpainting has been the focus of my work for the last few weeks. I’m experimenting with some new things, beginning with the underpainting of the landscapes you see below.
The first is a rework of a previously painted picture of Mt Taranaki on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Mt Taranaki II
This work has a burnt Sienna acrylic ground painted and dried underneath the worked up image that you see here. Next Thursday, I will compare this work with the original one – I think the comparison will be interesting.
The second painting is underpainted using the same technique and shares a little slice of Southland in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island.
Come back next Thursdy to see how they turned out!
Next Thursday’s Post: New Zealand – the finished paintings
Painting New Zealand is something I always come back to, even though it’s been many years since I have lived there. The next two works are both paintings of the same subject, hills in the South Island of New Zealand. Again it was the light that drew me to paint this subject, and the mist rising in the valley. I reached a point in the first one, the stage you see below in fact, and decided I didn’t want to wreck it. So I left it there, and began another. I still wanted to push it further and see what would become of the mist.
The Elements 30″x22″
The second work I changed a bit, altering the shape of the road and this time including the mist rolling down off the hills. I also darkened up the foreground values, which has made the work more dramatic. I liked the way the mist seems to be striding across the hills.
Its almost as if the elementals of the air came to play in my painting! Not to mention the dragon swooping in low!
Painting the light in the New Zealand landscape one realizes that the landscape contains an energy of it’s own.
My attention was caught by the beautiful light in this painting of Mt Taranaki in NZ and I just had to capture it. I kept it small – only 20″x16″
Mt Taranaki 20″x16″ Oils
It’s funny how creativity never goes in a straight line. Sometimes you do a deviation which brings you back again in time to where you were before but a bit further along! The works produced during the time of your devation, go to inform the work you do in the future.
I find that I am always drawn to painting light. It fascinates me how light can change a subject, turning it into so many different things. Light evokes mood and mystery. It makes a place resonate in a particular way, at a particular time, which sits in our memories. Rarely will we be able to experience that place again in quite the same way.
Every sunset is different, every misty or rainy day shows us a different landscape in the same place. Painting light in New Zealand is very different to painting it in Australia or Europe.
I also did a couple of other small experimental paintings at this time. The first – a painting of The Mount, as it is known locally, or Mount Maunganui, was meant to be a more abstract version of the subject, however it ended up more realistic than I thought it was going to.
The Mount I 24″x18″ Oils
Then I had another go and it turned into an environmental statement. Some paintings – you just never know what they are going to do. They surprise you!
The Mount II 24″x18″ Oils
Next Post: More New Zealand paintings – this time in the South Island.