The second artwork in my day of artist freedom is:
50.8 x 76.2cm
Mixed media on canvas
I was trying to paint another commission and really struggling.
I had the desperate urge to break free of expectations, to abstract and throw paint. I was in the need of some artistic relief.
This need to play, to be free, to get rid of the paint brushes, brought about two art works.
This is: Sweet Relief
101.6 x 101.6cm
Mixed media on canvas
This painting was such a struggle for me, physically and emotionally and on reflection it is fitting that it was.
This is for a paediatric therapy and learning centre: it is to convey hope.
When people see this they will not see how much pain I was in when I did it. They will not see how I struggled as to how to achieve it, how to get the complexity and depth, how to covey the image that was given to me. They will not see how I struggled with self doubt and how much I wanted it to work out.
Just as when you see the kids who go for these physical therapies. We do not see the struggles they face. We do not see how hard they fight, sometimes daily. How much they have to deal with, each with varying degrees of difficulties and how much harder they have to try.
What you do see is the beauty that has resulted from the struggle. It was worth it.
I hope for the kids who attend their therapies that they can also see hope, hope that the struggle is worth it. That great things can be accomplished with great effort, even when others are unaware of the battle.
1.2 x 1.8m
When am I success?
Is it when I do great art or when I can sell questionable art for a lot of money?
A reacted quite strongly to a recent visit to a modern art gallery. I came away with such tremendous frustration bubbling away in me.
What is art? What is modern art? What makes something valuable or an artist worth listening to? Why is a name so valuable?
My frustration bubbled out into my art. I was desperate to paint a satirical piece on the world of modern art.
I painted over an old painting destroying what took effort, replaced by what took none.
Mixed Media on canvas
35.6 x 45.7cm
(The irony is I actually like this, whoops)
Last week we spent a couple of days in the blue mountains with family. We stayed in this amazing place called Silvermere. It was so spectacularly tranquil, surrounded by beautiful gardens and this lovely fish pond. One night I went for a walk and just sat on the deck praying and was overcome by the most tremendous peace. The peace that surpasses all understanding. I was reminded to focus on Him and everything can wash away as unimportant.
Waterlillies of Silvermere.
It has been said that an artist shows the world through their eyes. So that is what I am going to do.
We just went on a trip to Jenolan with our extended family and on the way I was struck by the beauty of the mountains. The undulating mountains captivated me and I had to paint them.
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 91.4cm
I Choose Joy
This year has been tough, no bones about it, it is what it is. That is ok, it is life: I have hurt, I have grieved, I have mourned what has been lost, I have struggled, I have fought, I have succeeded and I have failed.
I now need to chose daily to put it behind me, focus on what is good and what is lovely, and enjoy the adventures to come rather than the difficulties that have passed.
I am back to colour 🙂
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ” Philippians 4 :8
Acrylic on Canvas
121.9 x 121.9cm
Recently I went on a retreat to an Abbey in Jaberrro and as I sat in the quiet of the Abbey and reflected, I was struck by the beauty that surrounded me. There was so much to inspire and fill the spirit that I started to draw, and as I did I was captured by the journal that I was drawing in. It was etched leather in such beautiful detail, it was captivating. This is a reflection of that journal and the intricacies of it.
I have drawn and painted it using pens, shellac and acrylic paint. It has a very raw a rustic effect. I hoped to duplicate the worn, rough, imperfect journal cover as I felt this added to its beauty.
Mixed media on canvas sheet (requires framing)
3 Panels of 37.5 x 48 cm