I know, I thought, I’ll do a landscape!
People like landscapes. They’re commercial. And punters are more likely to buy landscapes because, as the English would say, ‘they go with the wallpaper.’ Or, maybe, the ‘curtains.’
I don’t generally paint landscapes. Although I have a genuine liking for them in all their individual forms of expression and splendour.
So, I got hold of this big canvas and found, as a starting point, a landscape image I liked. The landscape image was a classic-capture of cascading-rainforest- greenery by Australian photographer David Millard which, in itself, is an absolute stand out.
I consider my painting style to be to be figurative and realistic. I don’t paint abstracts.
If I use someone’s photograph as a resource when it translates into paint on the canvas, like speaking a different language, it becomes something completely different. I don’t just copy it.
And the water too! That’s completely fictional.Totally made up. No pictorial reference just ‘off-the top-of-my-head.’
I typically take an obtuse view. Unable to ’let sleeping dogs lie’ I can’t resist changing things, adding other elements and swapping inherent aspects around. In this case Cactus!
Now I like cactus. They are incongruous, both odd yet disarming. A thing of beauty with sharp spikes capable of causing immense pain.
Being a diabetic I am used to needles but these succulents are an altogether different proposition. One thing’s for sure they don’t belong in a rainforest. Anyway, I used them in this work and, in an attempt to re-dress the balance, and return to all things ‘Australian’, I added a parrot!
A Sulphur Crested Cockatoo to be exact.
So, the whole affair is a mix of Australian and Mexican with a bit of imagination thrown in. I was going to call the piece ‘Australis Mexicalis.’ But that sounds a bit botanical. Or possibly medical!
Somewhere in the Great Outdoors
Acrylic on Canvas
152.4 cms width x 91.5 cms depth
ARTBOX.PROJECT, Miami 2019