|Close up on 'Water'. Work in progress, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.|
'Even the most beneficial presence casts a shadow. Mythologically, having no shadow means being of another world, not being fully human. To live with our shadow is to understand how human beings live at a frontier between light and dark and to approach the central difficulty: that there is no possibility of a lighted perfection in this life; that the attempt to create it is often the attempt to be held unaccountable, to be the exception, to be the one who does not have to be present or participate, and therefore does not have to hurt or get hurt. To cast no shadow on others is to vacate the physical consequences of our appearance in the world. Shadow is a beautiful, inverse confirmation of our incarnation.' David Whyte
|'Fire' Work in Progress, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.|
|Fire from the distance as a work in progress. Oil on canvas|
|Fire as work in progress. Oddly didn't photograph this one face on finished!|
|On the easel...|
Diary entry January 22nd:
|'Earth' work in progress, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches|
|Work in progress on 'Earth' oil on canvas. Blues going on top of a sepia underpainting|
|Work in progress on 'Earth' - oil on canvas|
|Work in progress on 'Water' - oil on canvas - 30 x 40 inches|
I went out last night to remind myself of the otherness of the stars. As usual, nothing was what it seemed, Orion's sword was upside down and a ghostly gibbous moon kept disappearing in the fast-moving mists coming off from all that ocean. I noticed the air was was still for the first time in days. Not a car in sight, no humans, no lights. I felt remote. Superstition is commonplace here, and then, under the flickering moonlight, I understood why. It's a land that seems even too far away for God. I mean, what else can you count on?
|Work in progress shot|
These four orchids are the tip of a very big Tasmanian iceberg for me and are my entry point into this vast mystical creative space I fell into when I landed here. My inner critic knows that they could be better, but I am running against a clock and the weather has cooled down in the last week and the sun is behind a blanket of hail, slowing drying times significantly. I have to work with what Tasmania is giving me and so they stay in this imperfect, shadow state as preliminary works, the first steps towards something that I hope will be greater.
|Water, finished, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches|
|Close up on 'Water', oil on canvas|
|Air - Work in progress, oil on canvas|
To Maddaddam for opening a gate and lighting the way, to Joss for all her chocolate bars, to Australia Post for shipping everything, David Murphy of the Cow and Calf Gallery in Stanley for photographing what were very challenging pieces, to Wagner framers of Hobart and of course a big thanks to Tasmania.