While I enjoyed a previous painting I had done, I decided to take drastic action and paint over it. I needed to let loose so threw paint on this canvas time and time again (good therapy actually) until I saw this field of flowers begin to emerge. I have included in the pictures below a quick cartoon that explains the painting much better than my words possibly could.
So this was frustrating…I had this idea for my new painting to paint how I feel…divided. To be a commercial artist you are supposed to have a style, for your art to be recognisable as yours. To be happy, I have to paint how I feel, which is up, down and all over the place. As a person, I feel constantly divided…manage the house, love and take care of the kids, love my Husband, serve God, have a career, earn money, take care of myself… I wanted to paint a painting divided, to show how I felt…so divided, and do you know what happened? I tried…and failed, lol, kind of like life most of the time. So instead, I washed over it, cut off some pieces and no one knows the divided painting underneath…hmmm… Restfully divided? 101.6 x 101.6cm
I absolutely fell in love with Little Beach at Nelson Bay. The tranquility of it would leave even the most stressed out soul at peace. I also love the crazy antics of the pelicans. Somehow they are so graceful and majestic and awkward at the same time. They supply an endless source of entertainment and artistic inspiration. 20 x 20cm
We went on a family adventure in the last holidays and discovered a peaceful oasis at Casuarina. I fell in love with the serenity of this place, I loved the mixture of the long white beach beside this gorgeous tree lined board walk. It was the perfect place to walk and read. To make this painting I started off with an abstract splattering of paint with impasto. It required lots of throwing and flicking of paint, then an overlay of a variety of textures to create a base of texture which I then developed.
I was really struggling with some very difficult things in my life when I painted this. My paintings and I temporarily lost our colour. I knew though that God can give peace even when life loses its spark and when faced with difficult things and I just needed to see the time through, resting in the loving arms of God.