10 March 2020

The Wild Side



Evening prayer Brunswick Heads, 1 March, 2020, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm


A study from last week before the rains arrived and shut off the light. Since then I have been in the studio working on large paintings in a very different avenue. 

In this study however, has a certain life-likeness from which I continually try to flee. But I have almost no control over what I am going to do once I’ve set up and prepared a palette to work. My wild child wishes to go to a more visceral place, a raw zone, a place of simplicity. I find myself seeking the intuitive stab of mark-making yet to be done in front of a motif, and using Nature as eyes. It does work from time to time but it really depends upon what kind of sky is present when I arrive to work. Also, there is this mysterious 'thing', one's wild animal inside which doesn't listen at all to one's conceptual side. This is the world of the wild thing inside everyone, especially artists.

The studies below will not please anyone looking for that 'life-likeness' of which I just wrote about, but for me, they possess everything I am after on a purely emotional level, one stretching all the way back to early childhood. 

They were painted quickly, one after the other, 29 January 2020.



 Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 29 January, 2020, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm



    Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 29 January,      2020, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm




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