Hi again folks, and thanks for stopping by!
This month I had my first studio workshop. The artists gathered. Expectation and excitement fuelled. They walked and sketched. They examined the place and made it their own. Each one different. I had an opportunity to demonstrate how I start a painting in front of a captive audience. They lunched and laughed and seriously talked about their art. Talk of a future workshops at a French chateau… the promise of a reunion in a year’s time firm in their diaries!
Preparations continue for my trip to the US in a week's time. I have not been to the US in nearly 30 years so I am very excited. I am doing a 3 day workshop in North Carolina, then zipping across to New York for some painting and I will be on the lookout for possible exhibition opportunities for the future. I can't wait to get to the Big Apple!
Meanwhile a great travelogue of paintings is appearing in my studio as I continue to paint for my Melbourne show in July. This month I have tried to think like Cezanne. Cezanne saw planes... solid shapes and fragmented planes in the landscape... he told us of the foundation of the scene, the geometry and solidity of the view. Using reference sketches and photos, this month I have been everywhere from the dusty back lanes of the wine country to the sombre, moody landscapes of the coast. I have been enjoying the process that my memories play in the outworking of these pieces... glimpses and impressions of places visited that begin to flit and disappear like stones falling into a pond. I have to capture them on my canvas!
I hope you are all well! Below is a selection of this month's work...