Botanica Exhibition at The Mary Cairncross Reserve, Maleny (details below).
I’m one of nineteen ACI artists exhibiting at the beautiful gallery space at Mary Cairncross. We have all been inspired by the natural rain forest environment and I’m looking forward to exhibiting with these talented artists. I’m entering two paintings.
Since ‘giving-up’ my oil paints I’ve been working with watercolours, inks, and acrylics, and often I add dry media. Combining dry and water-based mediums in a semi-abstract style allows me to explore concepts, composition, and my response to the environment or subject in a new way, instead of the traditional technique I was taught for oil painting. One feels very insignificant in the rain forest world. Spending time in the majestic Mary Cairncross rain forest with its ebb and flow of nature suggests to me an endless theatre. On a pleasant day the stage is set with dappled sunlight, with silent players towering, gently whispering with shimmering hula skirts dancing high. As an artist my challenge was to portray that feeling.
Centre Stage – Mixed Media on stretched canvas 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, pastel, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish.
Dance of the Picabeen Trees – Acrylic Paint, 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish. My step-by-step image for this painting is in a previous post.
Weekends – 10am–3:30pm
Monday-Friday – 10am–2:00pm
I’ve been working on this painting for nearly three weeks now. The layering of colours takes time as some layers need to cure for days before the next layers are added. It is from my walk last month through the beautiful Mary Cairncross Rainforest at Maleny. I have started off very lightly with graphite and then pale colours, building coloured layers separately to avoid the colours bleeding into each other. It’s time consuming but I am enjoying it.
The Palm Grove was just so exciting and bursting with life, it has been challenging to capture that feeling. In the early stages of the painting I felt I was loosing that feeling, so I’ve added a Tip that I use for checking tonal values. I’m using Atelier acrylic paints, binder, glazes and varnishes on a W&N stretched cotton canvas 51x51cm (20x20in). It is curing again now before I add isolation layers and varnishes.