Tonight I started this very strange oil study painting on paper. After seven small studies recently, the subject is becoming a strange still life. The trees are becoming objects on a table top surface. How far can I stretch the reality of a representation of a tree ? Can I make it a mask or a tea cup ? Can I make it a horse or a bird ? Yes I can. I can make it whatever I feel and want it to be. I tell you it is therefore it is. But it still needs to be a tree in essence.
This picture is a crossroad work. It reflects the last picture but also leads to a new idea. I know I'd like to make sculptures one day soon i hope and maybe this is what leads me to this image. We'll see....
I really like the darkness of this piece. So different to what I've done for a long long time. I do feel comfortable in this palette. It is becoming easier to navigate the brown whilst staring at my pallet as I progress. Might be time soonish to start a bigger piece on canvas or linen. No prep studies, just invent on the surface as I normally do. Treat it like a unprecious piece of paper.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints