30x30" Oil on Canvas
Painted this in one day back at the studio from a photo in Queenstown - had to clamber down a muddy bank to get this shot, but well worth it. I was following an idea I've continued to be intrigued by; letting loose brushwork be defined and made real by the contrast of seemingly fine detail. Also trying something new for me with the composition here - normally I try to simplify my composition and make it as clean as possible so everything reads neatly. This painting is leaning towards making a painting for a painting's sake - for the beauty of the shapes, colours, lines and textures within it, rather than making a painting for the beauty of the thing it's representing. Got a few more on the go at the moment and will post those up when they're done. Nice to be painting for myself again after many months of doing commissions and focusing on teaching.