Reflections on a Lily Pond series – final paintings
I’ve been on one of my painting journeys over the last few weeks, revisiting Sparkle and Shine, a landscape (pondscape?) from 2013.
WIP#1 – works in progress – underpainting and figuring out the composition
WIP #1 I started with black canvases and used intense colours for the underpainting because I wanted the lily pads to really stand out against the blue-black water.
WIP#2 – adding colour
WIP #2 Then I painted green over the pink and yellow over the purple. Lighter blue ‘sparkle’ shapes were introduced to the water.
WIP#3 – the final touches
WIP #3 The final stage included adding touches of pink for the highlights.
I’m going to wait a week or so for them to dry properly, varnish them (because I think reflections should be glossy and I want the water to look deliciously dark and deep), and then these four new paintings will be available on Etsy.
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.
“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.
Running Through My Dreams — acrylic on canvas, 2018. Personal project.
This painting began as a digital collage on the now defunct Polyvore site. It was inspired by a dream about my mother. The juxtaposition of elements, the slightly odd perspective, the colours and textures, all really appealed to me. Painting it was more like having a conversation than putting paint on canvas and it taught me a lot about why I paint and why I can’t stop painting. ‘Running Through My Dreams’ now keeps me company in the Art Cave.
Coneflowers – acrylic on canvas, 405 x 505 mm, 2017. Available.
My latest painting is also one of my new favourites. I’ve posted WIP photos on Instagram which show the progression of the flowers in the top left corner. I’m varnishing it today, so it will be listed on Etsy early next week.
To say that this painting has been years in the making is a bit of an understatement. It is based on a study I painted in 2014 of a photograph I took of our garden in 2003.
I’m now working on a couple of little Dunedin landscapes. Photos coming soon.