Monday, October 14, 2013
I have recently returned to Australia from a European Summer of painting and discovery. Over the past three months I have travelled through France, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Immersing myself in new landscapes and absorbing the fragrances, colours, flavours and values of a diverse number of cultures. Partaking in a 'friend pilgrimage' of sorts, I had the privilege of reuniting with old friends in Paris, London, Munich and Chur. With whom I gained an intimate knowledge of their cultural identity and forged ever stronger relationships. My love for history and landscape also guided my travel route, taking me to the origin of some of my favourite paintings. In places like Holland and the south of France I gained a greater appreciation for the context of revered artworks and the careers of those famous artists who have been like absent friends to me during my years of study.
And so I will begin by sharing a watercolour and pencil work made during my time in Arles.