Artist Plein Air Painting Trip

I was invited by the painter, Tim Allen, represented by Defiance Gallery, to join an artist trip in May 2022 exploring the beautiful Blue Moutains. Creating plein air works inspired by being in the landscape was a breath of fresh air, a time to reflect and experiment with new approaches in responding to the bush. I brought minimal materials including an old sheet, fabric and fabric paints, which I tore, reassembled and painted with calligraphic marks, approaching fabric as I would a painting. I really like the insitu images of the fabric assemblages suggesting prayer mats in the landscape. Continuing this I photographed drawings produced on site. Rolling up the fabric works to create a bundle, I then unrolled and hand stitched the works at home. The completed work became, ‘Repair and Mending Time’. The lines of fabric when stitched became an abstracted drawing at the back of the work, creating a two sided piece, with the addition of cutting through the layers of fabric to further create abstracted shapes. Finally introducing sequins and beads as additional marks and texture.

Responding to the landscape of the Blue Mountains
Reverse side, ‘Repair and Mending Time, 150 x 150 cm, 2022

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