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  1. Once again you have caught the atmosphere whilst adding your own vibrancy to the scene. The choice of a scarlet red is fascinating. On your return from overseas did you notice that almost all natural Australian colours are a variation of grey? Even the most vibrant colours are slightly bleached by the sun imparting a texture which doesn’t occur in Europe or North America for example (or even in central Africa where everything tends towards yellow). I love it. This image lifts that to another level. Tony

    1. Thank you. The challenge of where I paint is that there is really not much colour. Everything is a bleached beige with strong shadows, so I begin to follow the texture instead. I invent some colour or the painting looks really flat and grey. In this case, I have replaced all that beige with something more emotional. I would like to explore more of this type of work.

      1. It’s interesting that you have also noticed colour leaching, it seems to happen everywhere in Australia. Which is not to say that there are no vibrant colours, just that if not treated sensitively they can look flat. The key is to differentiate clearly between tone and colour. I think that choice of colour is almost a matter of the artist’s taste (pink and orange tree leaves – look at Monet) whereas correct tonal distribution is essential for the picture to work – that’s why your picture works so well. Cheers, Tony

  2. As usual I love your work and feel it is connecting me in a way that takes me back to when I was a child. It is so so so so beautiful and alive. I have never seen trees represented in this divine way. Can I ask where the forest is?

    1. Thankyou for your comments. I am very happy that the work does this and your comments help me to see something new in the work. I am painting at Yarra Bend Park in Melbourne. I look to the dryer areas for the textures I like. These areas tend to be the hillsides.

  3. We must both like red backgrounds. This is very beautiful and strong – shows something about the interchange between the internal world of the studio and the organic and uncontrolled state of the environment

  4. This is AWESOME! So powerful. There is just something very special about oil on canvas that cannot quite be achieved with acrylic.
    Thanks for following my blog!

    1. Thank you. I agree as my technique for the landscspes is tied to the characteristics of oil paint. I imagine that with all the mediums available for acrylics it must be possible to replicate the technique in oils but I have not got around to trying.

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