Joining with the Landscape…

For the past week or so I have not painted, I have been framing and wrapping and preparing for an exhibition this coming weekend. I am now convinced that there is a direct relation between the act of mark making and depicting the landscape and the emotion of feeling it’s presence in my life. For me as an artist, art practice equals the strength and depth of connection with the subject being depicted. With this revelation I am off to the studio to make marks to reaffirm this theory and find my joy!

And a follow up to this post…

Taking time with charcoal…

I have to admit I am an artist who much of the time requires a regular amount of instant gratification. However, when I do extend the working time the results are worth it. This year I am going to attempt to merge these two aspects of my working methodology.

Spent a lovely holiday in the upper North Island of New Zealand. I had taken with me easel and all paraphernalia of art materials to capture those magical landscape moments. The camera however turned out to be my main working tool on this trip.

Side-track to “Road Home” – experimenting with tonalism and atmosphere.

As the weather cools and my mind wanders to far away places, I chose to take a side-road back into landscape; looking deeper into atmospheric techniques. Have called this work “Road Home” and is an experiment using various media to produce atmosphere. I am leaning towards a mix between Stage 1. and 3. (below) and will continue experimenting. The completed study is approximately 450 x 450 mm sq. worked on textured paper.

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