I returned to my home on March 18, after 12 months on the Australian mainland, 8 months of my time away being spent in Far North Queensland. It was certainly a life-changing experience and I suspect it had a lot to do with the following 9 months that saw me produce about 50 paintings, many of which are destined for my one-man show this coming March.
Award-wise it was a very successful year, as I won 3 art prizes, gained 2 judges’ commendations and I’m being featured in 2 of next year’s calendars.
This year saw me delve into pastels and lately, oil painting. I hope to develop both of these areas further in the year ahead.
Subject-wise I concentrated on ‘rocks’ for the first half of the year and in the past 3 months I’ve introduced a new theme, that being ‘bricks’, an integral part of my intent to develop a more abstract way of thinking.
Australian artists Fred Williams and John Olsen have had the greatest influence on my work this year. I have also spent time researching the work of Albert Namatjira and Georges Seurat.
I have chosen 5 of my favourite paintings for the year (from the top):
1. Northern Landscape DNA
2. Zen Landscape, Southern Midlands
3. Crevice, Mallacoota
4. Tasmanian Landscape DNA 2.
5. Afternoon Shadows near Chillagoe
Despite my late start to the year, I am pleased with what I’ve achieved, but now it’s time to think about next year. I like to start each year with a set of goals and in my next post I shall discuss those that I would like to achieve in 2013.