As 2015 begins to slip away, people’s focus shifts towards the eating, drinking, family gatherings and festivities of Christmas. In Australia, this time of year also coincides with summer holidays (it’s the Southern hemisphere here). The Spring Racing Carnival here in Melbourne is the preamble to the onslaught of office parties and the commencement of the ‘silly season’.
For me it feels like a time to be productive. Rather than slowing down, I’m hoping to gain momentum moving into the New Year. So while the number of noticeably drunk people on the street increases, I’ve been in the studio working.
Without a traditional art background or training, one thing that has always been lacking in my recent art practice is preparation. Even when I was a graffiti writer (a long time ago) I’d see other writers had elaborate sketchbooks with full colour designs and I’d have a scrap of paper, containing a few loose shapes…planning has never been my forte.
These spray paint sketches have been an effort to change that and find middle ground between planning, testing and painting. I’ve started transferring these ideas into large formats recently, the smaller paintings act like a key or legend on a map to provide indicators moving forward.
They’re also small, affordable pieces in their own right.