Solace in Surface Design

When both inspiration and energy are low, I turn to design for solace, choosing motifs to layer from the familiar and the beauty around me. I have always loved the designs of William_Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) British textile designer, and been heavily influenced by the motifs, pattern and gilding of the Art Nouveau period, especially the works of Gustav Klimt. The design above layers an old faded story worn curtain from times past, along with the fading, yet still cosy glow of autumn leaves from the garden. This work may become a back drop for a future work, the cover for a visual diary, or a piece of quiet contemplation as it stands – whatever it’s future the process was rejuvenating.

Toward the Tararua Ranges

This pastel study uses both wet and dry  pastel blending.  My aim was to produce a quietly toned piece that echoes the calmness I find in the landscape of the ranges.  In such changing times the ability to look towards such beauty, in all it’s strength and solidness, is both reassuring and grounding – I consider myself fortunate.

“Orange and Blue Vase” – flowers galore!

Another painting being exhibited at my September show. I have indulged my love of ink drawing with this acrylic work. With lots of movement and colour I am sure it will bring much happiness to it’s viewers as it has for me creating it!

Gill Allen - acrylic on canvas -
Detail of “Orange and Blue Vase”

Iris and Hydrangeas – finished!

I am pleased to be able to say after weeks of work this large central exhibition piece is  finished!  I have rekindled a real love for plants and flowers over the past month or so, not to mention the use of colour.  I have not settled on a title for this piece but believe it will relate to new beginnings and also reflect old ways of working – it’s been like revisiting a favourite place after many years away – warm and familiar.  Over the next month or so I will be posting the work that will be hanging in my September exhibition at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō here in Levin, New Zealand.

“Autumn Leaves” – the making…

Since attending an intuitive painting class with  Susan Knaap – Artist, Creative Coach and Tutor,  I have been riding on a wave of enthusiasm and producing some exciting pieces.  I am an advocate of lifelong learning and believe it important to participate in a variety of workshops to expand repertoire and continue to bring depth to ones own art practice.  This piece found it’s name in the midst of it’s creation.

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Summer travels…

In response to a recent overseas trip; warmth, movement, and a sense of excitement. Executed in acrylic, gesso and charcoal in essence this method is directly related to my visual diary work where discovering pattern and form dominants the process.

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