Geology inspiring art

What inspires your art?
Studying to be a Maths and Science teacher at Uni I loved Geology (well I loved it all actually). Now, as an artist, I often think about how much art was within the geology I studied. Drawing crystal shapes with their faces represented in 3D, recording layers of strata, using symbols in geological mapping, looking at relative grain size…….. This work is based on my experiences with geology, although not of the scientific accuracy.

Geology and art Watercolour and Ink Sheffield, Tasmania

Geology and art
Watercolour and Ink
Sheffield, Tasmania

It also demonstrates the “magic’ of watercolour for suggesting texture. It was recently awarded an encouragement award. I have thoughts to share with you on that term “encouragement award” and will post later on that.

Sign in Sheffield Tasmania, a “commission” artwork

This is the first of some older commissions which I intend to add to my blog, which show a little of the variety I have completed over the past 20 years. The large sign is a donated work for Tasmania Regional Arts Kentish and Sheffield Inc, so I guess it is not really a commission as I was not paid anything, but the materials were provided. I did not paint the excellent text, or TRA logo. That was done by Annie Willock. This sign stands in the car-park at Sheffield with other signs which direct visitors to various attractions. The brief was to make something which reflected Sheffield (hence Mt Roland was included), suggests the nature of an art-space (the paintbrush) and allow for visibility of the text (the light colours and inclusion of mist behind contrasting text). It was also directed that it be “painterly” rather than a graphic design look, thus reflecting the “personality” of the Town of Murals, and to contrast with the commercially printed graphics works. The vertical format and proportion was mandated. I was pleased with the result using mural paints and sealing with an matt varnish for exterior protection. You can view this sign at Sheffield Tasmania, the town of murals and the host town of the annual, internationally acclaimed, Muralfest.
large outdoor sign, acrylic on marine ply

Scumbling technique for mist

This 40×50 cm acrylic on canvas is the demo painting I worked on at last weekend’s Adult Education workshop. It was painted using the primary colours and white (no black) using brushes and palette knife. The main technique for creating the transparency of the thin veil of mist and the soft but volumous clouds was dry brush scumbling. No wonder I wear my brushes out!

The finished work, titled “Ephemeral Veil”, features Mt Roland and is on display at the Tasmanian Regional Arts Kentish,Acrylic on canvas Working Art Space and Gallery at Albert St Sheffield for July, August.

SOLD. going to live in NSW.

Poppy Painting, Sheffield

Poppies at Sheffield: Acrylic painting 2011

This acrylic painting was deliberately designed to suit the needs of Sheffield Inc to photograph and reproduce as a large display board on which to advertise their promotional spaces which are available to hire. The forground poppies (Papavum Somnifera or Opium poppies) were in flower when I was pondering what to include in the proportions required, in portait format. I wanted a light area on which to overlay their necessary written info in the poster reproduction. I had already painted a misty landscape for the Tas Regional Arts Kentish sign at the same location and the poppy inspiration presented itself at the right time. Other instructions were traditional landscape of Kentish municipality in a painterly style. I was proud when my work was selected from the impressive  artworks submitted. This painting  will be on view at my Exhibition at Launceston Country Club Casino from August 25th to November 20th 2011.