One of my favourite techniques in art is layering one colour on top of another to create optical mixing. That's when your eye and your brain mix together the colours that are placed next to each other in the painting. A slight change can produce dramatically different effects. These two paintings both have exactly the same colours in the background but one has a detail layer of peach, cream, green, while the other is in white using a slightly thicker paintbrush. Such a different feel.
I wanted to share quite a good video I came across today showing some of the symptoms of visual snow syndrome which is the neuro-ophthalmologcal condition I have. I get a lot of comments and questions about why my work is so dotty or why the circles, why the pattern etc? Hopefully this goes some way to explaining it.
Although I will say you'd need to really ramp up the colour and noise, my experience is a lot more colourful and a lot more dotty than in the video!
I also mocked up a couple of images (above) to try and show a little of how it appears when my eyes are open. Just try to imagine all those little tiny dots moving around and flashing occasionally.
I'm planning a new body of work exploring this a little more and hopeful it will raise some awareness of the condition too, many people who develop this, rather than being born with it like me, are really struggling and doctors are still trying to find a cause let alone a cure.
Thanks to Aaron Green for the lovely landscape image in my mock up pictures
A happy, bright and bubbly start to the year with my first collection for 2021 - Beach Bubbles. Lots of lovely colourful works inspired by the beach and waves, the ocean and sand. Deep blues, soft pinks and some beautiful pops of turquoise.
As 2020 comes to an end I took a look back at some of my favourite works from the year and gave them a kaleidoscopic twist for a brand new print collection.
There are seven new mandala art limited edition prints to choose from ranging from a little 8x8inch piece all the way up to 100x100cm. There are also now options for canvas printing and framing.
Kaleidoscopic forms have been part of my art practice for many years now. The fine veil of dots that I see as part of my neuro-ophthalmologcal condition appear as a kaleidoscope of constantly moving pattern. I've always been drawn to mandala type images and symmetrical patterns.
Celebrating summer with a brand new collection of limited edition prints - kaleidoscopic twists on some of my favourite paintings from this year. Apart from a few sizes options and either paper or stretched canvas, the artworks are also available on beautiful lightweight summer scarves.
Lovely and soft, made in Australia and a big 140x140cm! A great Christmas gift idea.
A few months ago I was asked by one of the mums at my child's school what she should get for her older daughter who was very into art. What was my top must have arty item? And without a doubt it is a notebook. I've kept an art journal since high school and it's something I use every week. As times gone by I've opted for smaller ones so I can carry them around with me. They are perfect for popping in your bag and jotting down any ideas when they come to you, quick sketches out and about.
So when I was thinking the other week about what I could put together that would make a creative but affordable gift idea - an arty notebook. Especially when so many people are still staying home, exploring their creative side more and we maybe can't get to see someone in person, what's a thoughtful gift idea? These seemed perfect.
I've put together three different cover designs each one featuring one my original abstract paintings, plus a great inspirational quote from one of my favorite artists Vincent Van Gogh. And... as they are made to order, there is the added option of personalising the little circle on the front from My Creative Journal to Sarah's Sketchbook or Mary's Art Notes for example - just to make it a little more special for somebody.
I've been continuing to create abstract landscapes pieces suggestive of fields seen from the air, or topographical maps, using the language of lines and dashes I've been building up in my work. Four new paintings have been recently released in this body of work.
Unyielding I and II, shown above, have sold but please contact me if you would like to discuss a commission.
This new collection is inspired by outback desert landscapes seen from the air, the scattering of vegetation is a combination of paint and embroidery.
The Australian outback is a rich tapestry of changing colours and patterns. Tiny dots of vegetation, wild flowers and shrubs, come and go or alter in shade with the seasons.
Ideal Homes recently selected their pick of home decor trends for 2020. One of my favourites was 'Global Essence' as it matches in so beautifully with my current colour palette. Rich tones and rugged textures, earthy natural pigments mixed with lots of pattern and prints. The key colours - terracotta, umber and spiced red. Pictured above a selection of paints from Dulux.
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.