I know it’s a strange title but in keeping with the recent weather here in the North Island of New Zealand. I painted over the beginnings of a still life composition that wasn’t quite coming together. A number of layers later the final image immerged…
What a lovely way to start the year!
I love starting with really loose beginnings and finding familiar compositions within these abstractions.
Although the beginning sketches were reminiscent of winter trees, it’s summer here in New Zealand and I naturally leaned towards warmth and the movement of a warm breeze through trees.
So I am back from the studio with a full day behind me and definitely feeling re-connected with my local landscape and my art practice. As you can see from the process shots my starting point was tones of yellow but for some reason; the sun and a little spring gardening, this piece has definitely taken on a summer feel – can’t resist those splashes of marigold and nasturtium and vibrant phthalo green – just makes you want to take a walk in those tall lush grasses – can almost feel the sun on my back!