July is Melbourne exhibition month! My new show "Bright New Day" has been a long time in the making and I am now at the stage of sorting and classifying paintings for the show. It is great to have a choice of strong pieces and I feel that my best work will be on display at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda this month from July 17-22. Come and meander through the golden dusty laneways of the wine country all the way to the pale moody days of the coastline. If you live in the Melbourne area please pencil this one into your diary and stay tuned for the online catalogue which will be released close to the opening date.
Forays into limited palette and old masters colours have produced some interesting paintings of late. Partly adventurous, partly pushing my artistic skills and part foolhardy, I have found that the paintings have been rather pleasing. It suits the winter on the coast, reflecting the moodiness of the coastal skies and bringing home some of the blustery conditions.
Large paintings allowed me to develop my technique and use different effects to create specific landscapes. Exciting colours and bold movement painted with huge brushes... while initially daunting... ended up leaving me with a taste for more. In contrast I have also been producing a swag of small paintings... in cigarette cases, on small canvases and also on board.
On the home front, a major commissioned piece "Sydney Skyline From Milsons Point" has been delivered to its new owner. Measuring a whopping 1.2 X 2.4m, this piece pushed me to the limit in terms of technique, scale and the sheer quantity of paint required!