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.
This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.
I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.