Painting critically endangered animals has inspired me to explore more subjects….. ones that are extinct. I haven’t explored many “boy” themes in the past, but wanted the challenge. I’ve been painting a lot of stand alone motifs lately to digitally transform into placement on products. My son asked me to paint him some dinosaurs.
I had the pleasure of being involved in a video to promote Off The Page being held in the Town of Claremont along with other participating artists. You’ll see a snippet of me with my work around 1 minute in.
At the end of last year I was working on various projects, bouncing between works with no real direction. Life was busy, kids were busy, I was still setting up my studio and trying to find some focus. It is very hard to restart a business after a lengthy break.
This was going to be a series of three works on canvas, I just fell in love with all the birds that have been visiting our garden, and I wanted to accentuate the painting with details of patterns inspired by the past. But I went and painted this in acrylic, and the colours didn't work at all and I knew with my gut feeling that I couldn't rescue it.
So now the only place this lives is in my head and this photo of it sketched out on canvas. Maybe one day I'll attempt this in a different medium - possibly watercolour? Or maybe it was never meant to be.