Six bold new paintings have been released as part of my continued outback desert aerial landscape body of work.
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.
You can view the all current desert landscape work here
With the Olympics starting in Japan it seems somehow fitting that my new additions to the Variegated collection ended up working so beautifully with Japandi decor style currently becoming very popular around the globe.
Several paintings have been released as part of my Variegated collection looking at organic patterns found at the microscopic level in leaves. Using a soft white wax over board allows for the beautiful natural wood grain to show through. Finished on top with white detail and a scattering of cut paper in a mix of metallics and neutral tones.
The calm, muted colours, focus on natural materials and organic shapes creates a Japandi style aesthetic. Japandi being a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian design, zen meets hygge if you like. At the heart of these works is the idea of embracing simplicity and celebrating the beauty of imperfections in nature, a core belief of wabi-sabi.
You can view the whole set of new works currently under 'latest collection'
Bit of fun to end the week on. Sometimes I know exactly what I'm going to call a painting before I even begin, and other times I can't for the life of my think of a good name for my artwork. So if you're an artist and you get stuck on what to call your next piece - try this out! LOL
I've found over the years as an artist that some of my most successful work, or the pieces I feel have turned out best, happened when I worked with a limited or restricted colour palette. Over time I've been narrowing down the colours I like to work with and this is my latest update.
One of the best ways to develop a colour palette for paintings I find is to mood board. You can do this the analogue way, cutting out pictures from magazines and stick them in your journal, but I prefer to gather images together then photoshop them. Creating a Pinterest board is another great way to collect images that inspire you.
It was important for me going forward to make sure my colour palette reflects the Australian landscape. Keeping the bold blues, turquoise and red I often work with but combining them with the more muted tones of gum trees and deep ocean.
This month I'll be taking part in the Brisbane Art and Design Festival with the Landing group show at The Side Gallery, Red Hill. You can see two of my woven pieces on show 'Moreton Bay Morning' and 'The Mock Orange Trees'
Landing is a group show that explores themes inspired by or relating to Brisbane/Meanjin, its people, land, objects, the environments and multitude of businesses of the greater Brisbane city.
The Landing group show consists of small works, no larger than 30 x 30 cm including painting, sculpture, prints and textiles!
Side Gallery, 7 Emma Street, Red Hill
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.
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.