In this section I present some of the thoughts and influences behind the style of my current work and hopefully give you a better insight into nature
My Style & Influences
If you are familiar with my work, you may recognise the recurrence of this pattern in many of my works. (eg: The painting titled: 'The Waterfall')
It originates from a recognition that reality in many ways is similar to a hologram, in the sense that there has to be a basic framework underneath a natural form, so that it can repeat its pattern. Each pattern itself obviously expresses itself according to it's design requirements, but its underpinning is universal.
The spiral is a shape that represents eternity, water and the simultaneous state of something and nothing. It's represented in the number 9, which when you take a deeper look at this number, you find it has an extraordinary personality. Check out the something called the Number 9 Code.
Interestingly, it's also is a shape in nature that contains the Fibonacci Sequence; a sequence of numbers where every number after the first two, is the sum of the two preceding ones.
Trees like the one pictured to the right, have influenced me to adding more texture to my work and in turn experimenting with unusual methods of applying paint.
One of the aspects about paintings that I have always enjoyed is how they change in relation to the distance you are from the surface, and how the closer you get, the more abstract they can become. Rembrandt always springs to mind in this regard as the textures in his portraits are sublime.
You can see in the painting Green Leaves I have been recreating and blending in some of the patterns I observed in nature.
My techniques for each style are generated from two things; the brush and the method of application. This technique begins with stippling (the process of using dots and very small dashes to create an image) and then follows with a sable brush to tie it all together.
One of the appeals to me of this canopy technique, is how their abstract nature almost encourages the viewer to imagine in the same way we look for faces in clouds. (Pareidolia)
Using texture in the foreground adds a three dimensional quality to the work that pulls it visually forward to a much greater degree than just strengthening the vibrancy of colours. It creates a 3d object which casts tiny shadow and off which light can reflect. This is one of the reasons I encourage people to come to my exhibitions, because you don't get this experience from a photograph online.
I have developed a number of different techniques; some using a palette knife and putty, to others that apply the paint with a range of different tools, such asculinary and veterinary products!
At some point in the future, I would like to experiment with a heavy texture's opacity, to see if I can allow the underpainting to shine through the texture of the layer above, or even to create a magnification effect.
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