Mehi Band of Gold, 40cm x 90cm, acrylic on board, 2021
After the Painted River Project event at Moree where I was an invited artist I returned a few months later to take more photographs as composite studies for some studio paintings. I arrived late in the day after heavy rain. The Mehi River had been in a huge flood just days before and the Sun broke through under heavy clouds just before sunset. The cast shadows of buildings and clouds left a thin strip of Golden Light across the tree trunks.
Under Cover, 40cm x 40cm, acrylic on board, 2021
This work is from a photograph I took from a boat as we were returning from a day of plein air painting in the rain in the Whitsunday Islands. The clouds were very low and the forms were spectacular. Some people on social media saw an angel. I saw a beautiful abstract form that I knew I would be painting.
Reach for the Sky, 40cm x 40cm, acrylic on board, 2021
Another Whitsunday painting of clouds. There is not a lot of exaggeration in this painting. Clouds are often weirder and more remarkable that we assume them to be.
Suns Up, Tides Out, 40cm x 40cm, acrylic on board, 2021
Mangrove Boogie, 40cm x 40cm, acrylic on board, 2021
As the boat eased around this rocky outcrop we all got a better look
Just after sunset when the only light is the red western sky. The title refers to Arnold Bocklin’s famous painting Isle of the Dead. This acrylic studio painting is 50cm x 50cm