Pond – a New Botanical Painting.
Pond is a new botanical painting. It is an intimate macro representation of a pond created from a series of photos taken at the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens. Many of my botanical paintings are inspired by photos taken and drawings done at these gardens. The gardens are filled with interesting scenes and ‘visual moments’ that are often complimented by my use of backlighting or other unusual lighting effects.
The most difficult thing about Pond was achieving a balanced interplay between the curving lines of the reeds and other stalks and the simple round shapes of the lily pads. I achieved this balance by concentrating most of the reeds in the upper half and leaving the shapes of the lily pads to the bottom half.
Pond also needed subtle toning. A series of glazes helped to created the illusion that some of the reeds were in fact situated underwater. The placement of these reeds is highlighted by the inclusion of the gold fish which draw attention to them and the other subtle details under the water.
The painting is built up in thin layers of paint which gives the painting an inner glow when struck by a light. The layering has also added a lush richness and brightness to the main motifs giving the subject its moist quality, and the green is also rich, alluding to the healthiness of these plants which live in a small intimate pond and are constantly fed by the constant presence of plenty of water.
Sunday, September 27th will see the beginning of another group exhibition at the botanical gardens here in Coffs Harbour. This exhibition will continue near the entrance of the gardens for about a week. Pond will be one of the paintings I will be exhibiting in this show.