New Floral Paintings.
Floral paintings are one of the mainstay genres of my work. Here are a couple of new botanical paintings I’ve completed recently. They are called Blue Portrait and Complimentary Lights. Both paintings are for sale and are located in the botanical paintings section of the website. I will be adding more floral paintings (as well as other paintings) to the site in the coming weeks. Both paintings have been painted in oils and have been built up using thin layers of paint.
Their details can be seen by holding the mouse over the image during the slideshow. They are both for sale. Blue Portrait is a soft focus portrait of some Japanese cherry blossom flowers. The idea of the main flower being depicted as a portrait is the motivation for the title. In the second painting complementary colours of red and green have been utilised to create a striking mood combining the serenity of the soft focus quality of these flowers with the strength of the effect caused by concentrating on the use of the complimentary colours to add drama to the work. Both paintings are the first of a new series of works which I am preparing for an exhibition I expect to hold in the Professional Centre around March 2015.
Master of Arts – Honours.
I’ve started the second year of my Master of Arts (Honours). I’m continuing my exploration of representations of eternity, concentrating on works produced in the last 50 years. Most of the works looked at will be paintings, drawings, installations and new media art. The works will be positioned in relation to the modern Protestant view of eternity.
There will be a brief history of the various interpretations of eternity outlined. Then I will posit what the Protestant idea of eternity actually is. Next I will outline some features of our modern society which have an impact on both spirituality and the production of art. Finally I will catalogue a series of works produced in recent times which I feel explore the concept of eternity in a meaningful way. I was going to include music in my catalogue, but decided that there is not enough room or time to do this.
Lastly I hope to posit an assessment of what may be some useful ways of approaching the idea of eternity both now and in the immediate future.
It should be a lot of fun. I’ll post my final dissertation towards the end of the year.
Unlike the last Masters (which was practice based) this Masters is simply a written dissertation. However, I feel it will inspire me to continue producing works and expanding on ideas which I explored in my Master of Arts (Practice). I am looking forward to producing some new and exciting works on this topic.