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…

The Charm of Charcoal…

Although we try to tame this land it will always move to it’s own momentum, it’s forever beating heart vibrating from it’s core, sometimes with gentle whispers of breath, sometimes not so gentle…

Dark, moody and rugged, yet still contained within this piece a hint of humanity. Charcoal is applied over the top of washed charcoal, erased back and re-applied. 14 x 6 ” (approx).

I have always loved charcoal and finding a good support has been crucial in my ability to render tonal studies. Although still experimenting with papers Fabriano Artistico 300gsm hot pressed paper is proving satisfying.

I think it’s time to get on the bike, my little sketchbook calls…

Gladstone Road, Levin. New Zealand

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