Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The second ‘’Artist’’ painting is looking finished bar a few possible modifications and a coat of varnish which will lustre up the blacks and deepen the texture.

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Quandamooka : The Leaving of the Artists.

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Earlier version.

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Above, on the left is the next one in the series of three and on the right the first painting which is finished – The Coming of the Artists.

The titles are still working titles just as the paintings themselves are a flash in the pan from sifting through the mud in the waters of my mind.

I have aimed to do these paintings quickly and loosely working with a few ideas that I have been ruminating. Although, it is clear by the second painting I have tightened up somewhat – ideas coalescing without my consent on the manifested parchment – forsaken but still breathing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Well, it’s finished bar the final look as it dries – I attacked it in a fury while listening and dancing to very loud music – Curtis Mayfield, Nick Cave, Pearl Jam, and a few others. And now Dusty Springfield is playing as I write in the afterglow.

Definitely will hit this painting with gallons of clear gloss varnish – got to make those blacks dark, heavy and viscous.

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Monday, July 4, 2011


Colours of Moreton Bay as I remember them.

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I had another bash at the “The Coming of the Artists” painting - it’s almost finished – I want a loose and energetic painting – my natural inclination is to tighten and tidy it up – I am trying hard not to do this, so I am painting quickly with a limited palette and whacking down white and black in heavy strokes. I am also using quite a bit of clear gloss varnish mixed with the paint to make a transparent glaze effect to show opposing textures. As for the meaning I will leave that for another day…….

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I just don’t know yet – too scared to look.

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