Monday, 23 August 2021

Karee at the wall

 Acrylics on Masonite, 15 x 10 cm:


I currently live in the suburbs, which are in many ways rather boring from the perspective of visual interest. There are beautiful gardens, but here in South Africa such things are now all hidden behind high walls and electric fencing. What you can see is often blandly pretty rather than really striking. One exception, sometimes: street trees, particularly in older, more established suburbs where the trees have had time to mature a bit and develop character. And thus, I may just get it into my head to do some studies of them...

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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Conversation

 Oil on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


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Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Evacuation

 Oil on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:


I seldom drag politics or world events into my work, but in this case I made an exception, largely simply because I thought the images of U.S. diplomatic personnel being evacuated from their embassy to be visually striking, rather than because I have any particularly strong opinions about the whole issue. 

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Saturday, 14 August 2021

Three cypresses

 Oil on Masonite, ACEO:


Been a while since I painted anything. I have been busy sketching a bit, but nothing spectacular enough to be worth posting here, though some of it made an appearance elsewhere.

A bit of random philosophy. There are two things that an artist might look for. One is subject matter, pretty things that he or other people might like, such as, say, birds, vehicles, people, flowers, etc. The other is more subtle: simply interesting shapes and colors, irrespective of the subject matter. These two things are not incompatible, and often elements of both are present. The best subject paintings usually also have a solid underlying abstract design. 

But I have become more aware of late that these are really two different elements, and that one needs to be aware of it. Am I primarily interested in the subject matter (often the case when I paint animals), or was I mostly struck by the abstract pattern? In the latter case, the subject matter is almost incidental. The above mini-painting falls in this latter category.