Supermoon at Twilight — acrylic on canvas, 305 x 405 mm, 2018. Available.
‘Supermoon at Twilight’ is a revisiting of my study of a supermoon over Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, in 2013. The new version was painted on a black canvas (of course!). The work-in-progress images (below) show i) work on the composition (mainly tweaking the city silhouette) and ii) changes to the underpainting colours prior to adding the final layers. Go, moon, go!
The High Country — acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 205 x 255 mm, 2018. Available soon.
If you’ve ever been through Springfield on your way to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, you would have seen this view of Mt Torlesse, Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park. It is one of my favourite parts of the country. It’s also a landscape that I painted in 2014 which you can see here. I found it interesting comparing the two paintings ~ four years has gone by in my art journey and I hope I’ve learnt a thing or two along the way.
‘The High Country’ is currently waiting to be framed and will be available on Etsy in a couple of weeks. It is the first of a number of landscapes that I’ve decided to revisit and paint again, this time as part of my ‘black canvas experiment’.
And I’m not going to get tired of painting on black canvas any time soon.
🏔🏔🏔 Onward and upward. 🏔🏔🏔
City Lights diptych — acrylic on canvas, 2018. Private collection.
“It’s only impossible if you stop to think about it.” Pirate Captain.
‘City Lights’ is my second black canvas diptych inspired by Melbourne at night. The photograph (below) that inspired the painting was taken somewhere near Lygon Street. The photo of the painting (above) doesn’t really do it justice. As much as I love painting these black canvases, I’m finding them almost impossible to photograph properly.
I’m already on to the next one… : )
City Lights reference photograph, Melbourne, 2015.
These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram. The background painting is a detail of another personal project based on an old Polyvore set: ‘The Fountain on Two-Way Street’.
23. Clean cotton. Must be laundry day.
24. Freshly cut grass: short and sweet.
25. The synesthetic interpreter transcribed colourful conversations.
26. It was a cute new angle.
27. The boss lady was no lady.
28. Their recycled drinking water tasted normal.
29. A calculated risk: all or nothing.
[July prompts: clean cotton, freshly cut, colourscape, new angle, boss lady, recycle, risk.]
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso
‘Chinatown’ (Melbourne) is my first ever painting on black canvas. I bought four little 4″ x 12″ canvases more than a year ago but I haven’t had the confidence to paint on them. Until now. I have no idea what flipped the switch that suddenly made it the right time but I’m so glad I did. Picking up a few tips from tutorials posted online definitely helped and it turns out that I absolutely love love love ❤❤❤ painting on black canvas.
There is a second black canvas diptych waiting in the wings, another Melbourne night cityscape. I have also bought some black gesso so that I can make my own black canvases and continue exploring this new way of painting. Happy days.