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.
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.
Here is the second in my ‘roads and signs’ series of landscapes based on photographs I’ve taken over the years as a passenger, being driven from one place to another along Canterbury’s beautiful winding roads but rarely having the opportunity to stop and take a proper photo. I started turning some of my slightly random through-the-window shots into paintings last year and I suspect I’ll continue to do more again this year.
‘Summer Hills’ is a landscape somewhere on the road from Akaroa to Christchurch and very near the location of the painting in my previous post. I’ve included the original photograph, the initial study and several WIP images below:
You may be able to tell from the WIPs that I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the lower half of the painting — the sky was pretty much there from day one but the foreground was another story. I solved it in the end by mixing a really bright lime green and a vivid blue and just ‘going for it’ (I believe that’s the technical term).
I began a series of landscape studies last year based on some of the many (many) photographs I’ve accumulated over the years as a passenger, being driven from one place to another along Canterbury’s beautiful long and winding roads but rarely having the opportunity to stop and take a proper photo. So I have all these images of roads. And signs. I rather like the perspective of these slightly random through-the-window shots. They’re familiar; more like memories of having been somewhere and less like formal compositions carefully considered before painting (although of course they are that too).
First up is ‘Summer Roads’ which was based on a photo taken as we were driving into Takamatua on the road from Akaroa to Christchurch. I’ve posted the original photograph, the study, and a few WIP images below: