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.

The trip was a quiet, meditative and much needed escape. I peeked over the fence of private land and national park landscape trying to glean the unique characteristics. The drama and scale of the natural forms impressed me most and these qualities motivated the pictures for the show. 

The final works do not have man made elements 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: Studies with different colour palettes   Right: Final palette and composition

Left + middle: Studies with different colour palettes

Right: Final palette and composition

Ink composition

Ink composition

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

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