Pop quiz! Which is the original and which is the stretched canvas print? 👯♀️
Cannot get over the quality of these and I’m so thankful to @highdesertframeworks for bringing my prints to life. 🙌
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Finished(?). A similar subject to the last two big paintings but with a wider view, and a looser approach. The same approach with colour (mixing from rose and warm green, with Naples yellow and ochre). Using a different palette for the sky and foreground.
Oil on canvas, 61x76cm
The only piece I was not able to let go of.. It is so very dear to me & has many layers of story telling brushed intuitively onto its canvas. I felt so humbled hearing how many people felt touched by it & by all the generous offers I have received for it.
Despite needing to make an income after investing so much into my last show & saving for my upcoming show (as all artists/creators do ) I still could not say goodbye to it. It did not feel right & possibly never will.. However, today I have entered it into the @castlemaineartmuseum painting prize to share it with the panel & possibly a wider audience if it is meant to be.
I painted - "Of Lost Tales and Ghosts - All We Have Lost" - in 2019/2020 after Australia's devastating fires & while writing an assignment looking at the link between logging & climate change (focusing on extrem weather events in Australia/ in particular severe fires).
We need our Forrest's. Our Forrest's protect us & heal us. We simply cannot exist without them & need to change path. It truly is not a choice. It is our survival & the survival of all beings.
Most of us surround ourselves with nature whenever we need a moment of peace or healing. This gift is precious & we should return the favor in whatever way we can I believe. As an empath I have moments where the destruction of our natural world by us hits me mentally to the ground. Its a place of hopelessness & shadow. However, I never forget the light & the knowing that if we care enough we can have a positive impact in a way that resonates with us.
My way is sharing natures soul through art, donating to causes, volunteering & learning. The creation of this piece has been a journey of sadness remembering what we have lost, but it also tells a story of hope, learning, reconnection & light. Forever a student & grateful to be on this magical land as a guest in kinship with nature.
Scarborough Public School P&C have held an art show for local artists and buyers every year - sadly this has been postponed for the last 2 years due to Covid. Happily, this year they have published an art book of local artists’ work and will also be selling works online (both launching this Sunday 12th; book launch at the @pickledpoet ) Funds raised will go towards a specially developed art education program for the kids 👨🎨👩🎨 I’ll have 10 works for sale - pls DM me if you would like to be sent a reminder email or would like more info on price etc. Swipe to see works. Thanks for reading & thanks in advance for yr support! Link in bio. ✨
Today I'm sharing some details of this beautiful, elegiac painting, 'Norway 1' by Kate Sherman, in our winter exhibition MEMORY PALACE. This small painting carries so much weight of longing and atmosphere; the snowy-muffled silence seeps into the room. It's one of those paintings I come back to again and again, watching it as it changes in the different lights. Today it's a gloomy morning, and it's mostly lit by spotlights, but still it glows from the wall. Those two small dots of orange and pale yellow paint suggesting the light emanating from the houses are, frankly, genius, and their warmth is picked up in the glowing sky behind the treeline. The blurred trunks in the foreground give a sense of movement, the idea that we are glimpsing this snowy landscape with its dwellings nestled into the trees from the window of a passing train or car moving through the landscape. This is a scene caught briefly by the eye in passing, but its power and beauty is etched permanently upon the memory.
Various themes run through Kate Sherman’s work - memory, longing, transience; and there are often recurring subjects – blossom, forests and woodland, dwellings, which are sometimes blurred as if seen from a moving vehicle. The imagery originates from photographs she has taken of her surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. There is a quiet melancholy in Kate's work, that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes containing elemental traces of man, and by the restrained palette suffused in a reserved northern European light.
Kate Sherman, 'Norway 1'
2020, oil on panel, 35 x 35 cm
A percentage of proceeds from our winter exhibition MEMORY PALACE will be given to Oxford Mutual Aid, who offer help to people struggling to find it anywhere else.