I've been working on a series of landscapes. They're quite different from my detailed tree works but they share some similarities in theme.
They are about mood and light - which also interests me in my detailed works - but in these the surrounding are also important. I aim for subtle variations in the sky with the trees in silhouette against it. I am inspired by more rural settings here.
Although these paintings show a broader contextual view of trees, I am still interested in the individuality of trees in the landscape. There is usually one dominant tree in the image. Sometimes several.
I really enjoy working on these. They require more movement from me. I'll often work on them while I'm standing up, moving my hand extremely fast to blend the colours of the sky while the paint is still wet.
The physical process of these paintings is a nice contrast to the very tight, controlled, detailed work of my other paintings which require hours of concentration and limited movement from me, apart from the tiny strokes of a tiny brush, working on very small sections of canvas at the one time.
This series of landscapes (as well as my detailed tree artworks) will be on show at the end of the month at Apte Cafe, 538 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, Melbourne (from Friday 30th August).