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Butterfly


Butterfly
Approx. 50.5 cm (w) x 65.5 cm (h), oil paints on cotton canvas.
Date produced: January 1983, while living at West Beach

This painting was produced entirely on-site at the end of my street, at West Beach (I lived there from 1982-1986).

Looking at some healthy garden plants, I wanted to respond to the greenery and the flowers as two different ‘dimensions’ of experience - the greenery as one ‘dimension’ (overall structure and collector of sunlight for the production of food), and the spectacle of the red flowers as another ‘dimension’ (the visual attractors of insects and birds for the plant’s reproductive system). I tried to use different approaches in painting them, to express these two aspects as being different ‘dimensions’.

A white butterfly was seen flying all around the plants, and I deliberately painted one in simply at that location to indicate its weightlessness, and to also to give it the role of being the central point of interest. It balances the whole painting with its unique note of white (extreme high tone).

I was very happy with this painting. It felt like I was painting in a similar way to Vincent van Gogh. I worked boldly, quickly (not over fussing), and with good feeling. The painting was built on a foundation of good thinking and good ideas.

 

 

 

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Time Pieces


Time Pieces
Approx. 51 cm (w) x 56 cm (h), oil paints on canvas.
Date produced: 1983, while living at West Beach

All of these objects are able to take me back in time somewhat. Included is my blue 3-year diary (which I destroyed many years ago now, but included entries that went back to before going to Tasmania), my red photo album, my radio (which often has songs played that take me back), the “Jack the Ripper” drawing (which was a request from some other students, and takes me back to interesting days in the Art classes at school), my camera (which can record moments in time), my “R.D. Vanderfield” trophy (significant for my times in junior hockey, playing with friends from school, and my brothers), the “Caravan Interior” drawing (from my times in Tasmania), my paint box (with stickers from Burnie, Devonport and Launceston), my “Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon” record (my first rock record, that still sounds special), and two very special letters.

Really, it’s not that hard to experience time travel. Many things can take us back. And some things can take us into an imagined future.

Our brains, memory and whole emotional sphere are amazingly powerful things, capable of doing some remarkable things.

I really enjoyed the simplicity and ‘directness’ of this painting. It took a little while to think through the ideas behind the painting and compose the objects , but not very long to actually paint it. This was a nice balance of construction.

 

 

 

Detail 1:

Time Pieces - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

Time Pieces - Detail 2

 

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