Saturday, 13 March 2010


I think this is finished - well, almost. It is 1.9 x 1.3 m or there-abouts and it is my entry for the Vasse prize.


  1. Roj, when I first look at this work I imagine a coastline that I am looking down onto. Then as I notice the bottom edge my mind does a flip and I begin to see it as an object against the sky. What I like though is the burnt iron colour and texture - the way it seems so base and primal as if formed by a long process and without the aid of human hands or thought. I hope she does well in the Vasse.

  2. yeah yeah thats it, the last bit about no one having done it. Thats what I want and it should be base, primal and dirty and if you rub up against it, it should remove skin. Thats where the googearth painting falls off the perch - it looks like something someone did.
    And this does flip its pos-neg space. I sit there in the lounge room watching it flip.
    All pictures attempt to be something they are not. A landscape, a pipe, a still life. What I want is pictures that resist all attempts of the viewer to make them into anything but hang on the edge of that.
    cheers how-weird

  3. Yes, I know what you mean Woger - it's not the way I normally work,but I did do a series of river rock paintings that approached that sort of untouched as nature feel.
    In many ways creating work that seems unformed by human hands, has a transcendent quality to it - almost ascribing to an outside of art, point of view.

  4. You get separated from it - like when you start an uncontrollable reaction on the painting by mixing incompatible media. You just get to thinking its looking good when half of it ups and falls off.
    I'm switching to portraiture.
    There is a dialogue happening between you and the art; real different to the monologue way where you illustrate/paint an idea. There's less feedback in the latter.
    I think I'd like to be an astro-physicist.
    The googearth painting has disappointed me greatly as has the vasse art award. I've cleaned up my studio. Never a good sign.
    I'm going into comic strip drawing.
    It's like dog training - or untraining; I've taught my dog to play hunt the teddy - I hide it, he goes looking and he keeps coming back to check if you've got it. Thats the same feed-back as I get from a painting except I'm the dog and the painting is me.
    Winter has arrived, though not too cold, just windy and wet.

  5. Maybe art is for wallies, but painting has it's effects on the affections. Portraiture is a real skill, and seems really real - sort of a real world thing - less unreal - pretty well a million miles from an abstract work.
    I dreamed a dream, this afternoon, of running up to a friends place with five canvases under my arm to paint their amazing view. Slopping paint on, and pushing it all over and around, just focusing on trying to get a landscaping thing happening with less abstraction.
    I like the dog story - I have two little dogs - one at the moment is obsessed with a few rats in my garage - just sits waiting for the right moment - every sound is a joy.


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