CREATING A COLLECTION - They Make Each Other Look Better
Posted on February 10 2022
I currently have a sweet little series of 3 paintings called 'They Make Each Other Look Better' available at Linden New Art in St Kilda. It's their 31st annual Postcard Show and my 4th time entering work.
I wanted to make a set of work that was created as a collection. I was looking for a way to keep my energy and flow going when I get stuck on one piece. It's all well and good sitting a piece on my mantle and looking at it for days (weeks?!) until I see what my next step is, but it's so much fun to have a number of panels on the go to switch from one to the other.
Working in a set helps me build momentum which helps create more paintings.
These pieces were also an exercise in creating quiet open spaces. And what I especially love about these is the history under those areas of stillness. So many layers to get to the quiet.
It was also a fabulous opportunity to get out of the house and pop down to St Kilda. Extra special on a perfect summer day, and after a couple of lockdown years.
I really enjoyed the process of working on multiple panels at the same time. With these ones, I started with 4 panels placed together and laid the initial layers and general composition as one piece, then separated them to continue building layers and finding their unique personalities. I only needed 3 for the show so there's a 4th incomplete one still in my studio and I'm interested to see how that one develops without the others nearby to guide decisions.
The Postcard Show is on until 27 February. These will be listed online once they return to me. If you'd like to be the first to know, pop your name on my mailing list for advance notice. Or send me an email if you'd like to know more about them.