Another small painting done whilst staying in Skiathos in July. The photo reference was taken in the neighbouring island of Skopelos. It’s so good to see these traditional fishing boats still have a place in a harbour full of yachts.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable exhibition, firstly because it was combined with my eldest son, James’ wonderful photography, and secondly because my paintings were in a totally different direction from what I usually paint. The Creative Space in Curl Curl, Sydney, is a large and beautifully presented exhibition space and we were able to use it not only to promote our paintings and photographs, but also to tell the story of the importance of saving our beautiful oceans and marine life.
For this exhibition, I had created a new series of paintings of Australian waves and abstract ocean patterns. This was a totally new direction for me – from the structural forms of European buildings (although usually wonky!) to the curves and exciting formation of waves and the ocean, not to mention a totally new colour palette.
I love wandering along the streets of Italy during siesta time when things are generally quiet and you can appreciate the architecture, although admittedly without the bustle of ‘life’ and with shutters down! This painting is loosely based on a stay in Taormina in Sicily. I have taken a few liberties with the colours of the buildings, and I suspect the street wasn’t quite as deserted as this!
Honfleur has long been one of my favourite towns in France and its well known throughout the world for its beautiful harbour, which I’ve painted a few times. On our last visit I also tried to photograph the colours of the cafes and restaurants lining the harbour which are still very much a huge part of Honfleur.
Apologies for another large gap in my Art Weekly paintings. I’ve been working on various large canvasses, and somehow haven’t managed to finish off any of the small ones I have patiently waiting. I hope to finish my Newsletter very soon, so you will be able to get a peek at where my energies have been directed!
This is a a street scene from the lovely town of Polperro in Cornwall. It was December when were there, and a tad chilly, hence the deserted look of the place. I believe during the summer months, it’s a whole different story!
Its been a while since my last Art Weekly, but we’re now back in Koroni and I’m attempting to break the ‘creative block’ and get back into painting. I find it always takes a while to settle down after travelling.
I’ve painted the lovely French town of Menton, near the Italian border, so many times. There’s something I love about the colourful old buildings crammed together above the port – part French, part Italian, and I can never get enough photos when we visit – every one a potential painting! This trip we were only passing through Menton, but did stop off to meet my ex Sydney neighbours, of many years, for lunch – a perfect rendezvous and wonderful to see them!
You may have noticed I’ve been including the word ‘Underfoot’ in some of my new paintings just recently. This started way back in 2003 when I did an abstract painting from a photo I took of the ground in a thermal area in New Zealand. I loved the orange and creamy colours and various textures that I saw when I looked down to where I had placed my feet …. hence ‘underfoot! Admittedly, I have for some time, taken photos of the ground, along with rocks, rust and peeling paint – odd I know! Anyway, this little one was taken outside our apartment over the summer when the good old Greek wind had left me a nice pile of petals and leaves, just waiting to be painted!
These 3 mixed media canvases are the start of my ‘Sandstone Inspiration’ series. They are 3 individual 20 x 20cm canvasses which can be hung separately, or incorporated together within one frame as a triptych . The paintings were inspired by my photos of the amazing sandstone rock formations that can be found along the Australian coastline. These ones were at Curl Curl, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
This mixed media canvas forms part of a new series for me. This is the 3rd of 3 small paintings which were inspired by my photos of some of the amazing sandstone rock formations that can be found along the Australian coastline. This one was at Curl Curl, Sydney. These 3 paintings could be hung together to form a triptych.