My trip to Central Australia reaffirmed what I had been thinking for sometime – my style of art needed to change. I was getting complacent, even bored with some of the work I was doing. There was too much emphasis on process and not product. I need to be brave and I need to do it now!
I have decided to take two new pathways.
The first is spontaneous, plein air-focused and is based on my love of quick drawing. I have posted an example today that I am currently working on. This is a hillside in Southern Tasmania, part of my ‘Midlands series’. The first stage has been drawn in pen and I am currently adding colour using my IMac. I love working on my computer and believe that it holds something exciting for me to pursue. Time will tell.
This work is about line, not colour.
Lines are the ‘bones’ of a drawing and I want to use them to express my understanding of the structure of my subject. I also want to ‘dig deeper’ into each subject and reveal more than ‘face value’.
My second approach will see me interpret the Australian landscape in a more abstract way.
I have relied on visual interpretations for far too long. Now it’s time to express what I ‘feel’ about my subject. I want to show an emotional response to what I’m painting. Where appropriate I want to expose the history, maybe even my link with each subject.
At this stage I am sticking with coloured pencils, but I am open to other mediums.
I have commenced a large (80 x 120cm) painting of the Southern Midlands and I will post an update soon.
New journeys have begun…