Feburary 7th, 2011.
The blank canvas has the waterfall all sketched out, and I begin to fill it in, not knowing at this stage how I am going to tackle the waterfall ! I shade the hills now so I can tell how to work up the bush with light direction and contours.
Feburary 11,2011. The bush slowly covers the hills.
March 8, the end is in sight, have to make a decision on the waterfall detail, I like it as it is but does have rough look about it that I will have to look at when bush is complete.
‘Titles and deeds,eelpots and fishing stories’
1250 x1100mm, oil on canvas,2010
This series of works ‘Bush and lots’ reflect a change of style, subject and manner of work. These finely detailed pieces take many hours of painting, each tree ‘landscaped’ into the next, creating forest and bush scenes that are both familiar and comforting.In historical contrast real estate speculation and the wholesale carving up of the land are overlaid on this virgin forest. This juxtaposition of the natural and the manmade also reflects our progress in living on this land, and the care and the acknowledgement of our surroundings.The thought of time travelling has always interested me, back to an era of our history where decisions made then still affect us today, is a rich theme to visit and draw stories from.May 2010.
In progress, March 2010.Oil on canvas ,760 x1370
‘ The Queens lots’
1200 x 1000mm, Jan. 2010, Oil on canvas.
The piece in a early stage of layout and planning
The streets are coloured and built up with texture, the street names are added, and the bush is added tree by tree , taking many hours of work, and then the title is is insribed on the lower right corner…
‘The Queens Lots”
‘Choice building lots’
59 Valuable Building allotments
16 Magnificent Bush lots.
‘Matakana Valley Road Seven’
Seven Artists Including myself annually get together to exhibit our work, at the ‘Fine line gallery’ in Matakana, Sharp Road. Jan 9 through to the 7th of Feb. Here are some images of my work that I included in this group exhibition.