Process of a painting: "Bathurst Rhythms"

In mid 2014 I travelled to Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia so as to observe its landscape and seek out imagery for new paintings. The works would be exhibited in a show called 'Journeys West' at the Orange Regional Gallery

The photos below show some of the creative stages while in Bathurst and back in the Brisbane Studio.

It was a quiet and meditative adventure on that trip, peeking into private land and national park landscape and trying to glean the unique characteristics of that place. The drama and scale of the natural forms impressed me most and these qualities motivated the pictures for the show. In the final works I decided to pull out the evidence of man because the landscape was so expressive and grand without it.

Enjoy. 

 Composition drawings from life

Composition drawings from life

 En Plein Air colour study

En Plein Air colour study

 Left + middle: different colour palette studies  Right: Final palette and composition for the final image   

Left + middle: different colour palette studies

Right: Final palette and composition for the final image

 

 Final composition

Final composition

 Final painting: "Bathurst Rhythms". Oil on linen. 65x65cm.

Final painting: "Bathurst Rhythms". Oil on linen. 65x65cm.