A small water-colour painting today, playing with light and colour to create an imaginary garden. I had planned to work on this further with some ink, but I think I'll leave it as is for now.
Some beautiful new grevillea blooms in our garden, such a lovely lemon colour. The bees are loving it!
Work-in-progress for a uni assignment. We are required to select a material (e.g. hair), and contextualise the material by choosing a quote or saying. I'll fill you in on the rest when I'm finished!
This painting represents these lines from the poem 'Lady Lazarus' by Sylvia Plath:
"Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air"
Reading some of the analysis of the poem, I decided to go with the view that Plath imagines a woman who has become pure spirit rising against the imprisoning others around her.
One of the joys of this challenge has been trying different styles and techniques. Today's painting is inspired by the art of Nicolas de Staël, an artist who distills landscape down to pure shape and colour. This scene is a country lane lined by trees and a stone wall. Painted using a palette knife and acrylic paint, trying to get lots of texture and variation.
This is an ancient bronze vessel, on display in the Louvre museum. I haven't painted anything like this before, and it has been challenging to try and get the patina and shine of the metal. I could keep working on this for weeks but part of this challenge is to call each painting finished and see what I can achieve in a day. (And I'm not sure about the background colour so I might change that tomorrow!)