It’s just over 3 1/2 months since we left Tasmania for a ‘gap year’. Art-wise it has been a struggle at times, but I have produced some work and I’ve visited places that have given me plenty of ideas especially for my planned exhibition in Launceston in March 2012.

The problem is that I now have so many ideas for possible artworks that I’m not sure what to draw next! I have experienced ‘artist’s block’ before (who hasn’t), but this in a way is frustratingly similar.

On Sunday we returned from 4 days on the Atherton Tablelands and I was ready draw! But draw what? I was moved by our visit to the Cathedral Fig, the town of Herberton and the Little Millstream Falls. Here’s several possible drawings for a start!

I still have several drawings from our visit to Chillagoe waiting to be realised as well as several from the Daintree. Decisions, decisions!

I shall have to sit down and do some homework and devise a list of work in some sort of order.

I have several ideas from the Chillagoe area, one of which I should start soon, maybe after the current drawing of rocks at Cow Bay (Daintree) that I am working on. Some of the drawings I want to do are fairly large and this poses a problem when one is on the move, as we will be when we start travelling south in October.

Today’s images are some of the photos I took of the Cathedral Fig. You will notice that the images get simpler and more abstract as you work your way down. I was so taken by this ‘strangler fig’ that for the rest of the day I couldn’t stop thinking about how I would interpret it. There’s more than one drawing here!

This week and next I am featuring photos from my visit to the Atherton Tablelands on my photoblog:



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  1. Jacquie says:

    These are really beautiful.. Thank you for posting them. Good luck getting over the “block”. I know the feeling of being overwhelmed.

    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Jacquie, I’m glad you liked the images. I was so impressed with the Catherdal Fig’s majestic presence, that I had to take a lot of photos. It was wet and this brought up the colours quite beautifully. I already have one large drawing in mind, but that will have to wait until I return to Tasmania next year. In the meantime I expect I will draw another, smaller image.

  2. Edna says:

    Richard, I get information overload when I take a lot of photos that are at awe inspiring places. When I look through them they tell me so much but I can’t decide what I want from them. Then I play with them on photoshop and experiment. Then I file them and forget about them for a few weeks. When I come back to those files they seem to have become something else because I’ve removed the awe inspring aura from them and look at them afresh as design possibilities.

  3. I can see some great work emerging from these photos. You have a great eye Richard. Good luck and thanks for all your support!!

  4. Gillian says:

    Such colours in that bark! Wonderful.

    I’m glad to find that other people have this image overload kind of block too. Edna’s tip is very good. Sometimes just doing a tight crop of a photo can reveal some inspiration too.

    Is there a cure for procrastination too? x

    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Gillian for your comments. As for procrastination ………. if a solution is not obvious, don’t do it. Sleep on it and review it the following day.

  5. Cathy Holtom says:

    I can see why you like the Cathedral Fig it’s beautiful. How about a set of smaller pieces that could be displayed together?

    • artkleko says:

      An excellent idea, Cathy. A series of smaller works hung vertically to give the emphasis oft he height that the fig has would certainly have merit. Thankyou!

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