Beginnings is the first of my new style using a combination of watercolour and oil paint, I thought 'beginnings' appropriate. It is quite large 122cms tall and 91cms wide. It is also ready to hang. My concerns with having to frame watercolour, all the time led me to explore the way you could use it on a stretched wrap around canvas, once varnished the piece can then be hung without framing. I also believe that artwork should also engage tactile elements, behind glass this is just not possible. My aim with these pieces is to capture the light in the Australian bush, (that hasn't changed - the light still beckons me) sometimes in the morning or late afternoon, when incredible colours appear. The painting also has areas of silver paint where colours are reflected on the surface, making the outside colours enter into the painting and then become part of the whole piece.
The development of this method using watercolour and oil paint has taken many, many months of development and fine tuning, to allow the two mediums to work together. On occasion they are even applied simultaneously. I have always felt that mixed media often looks like a dog's breakfast, when artists simply pick up any old thing lying around the studio and apply it to the painting surface. This method is carefully considered and planned, so that the final product hopefully showcases the best qualities of both oil and watercolour paint.
Watercolour and oil paint on a gallery style wrap around canvas