* Do you remember happenings, those weird and wonderful pieces of conceptual performance art that made it onto the nightly news during the 1960’s and 70’s? Just typing the heading here reminded me I was once in a happening in the mid 70’s in Martin Place, Sydney with a bunch of other exuberant teens. What fun it was. I thought I’d arrived!



The happenings in my studio of late have been much more solitary but no less conceptual. I love concepts in art. For me that is where the juice comes from. I love that art can convey what words can’t quite muster.

My paintings in this time and place are all about this place in another time, my youth and young adulthood set in the golden glow of memory right here, in my beach house. But in truth, it’s not quite that simple, of course. I don’t know about you but my memories are not linear or even interesting half the time. They are snatches of this and that, memories from different times triggering memories from other times. It’s more like a light show in a 80’s disco than a line by line story in a book. A pop of purple funky curtains followed by a leaking dribble of orange cordial dripping down my arm from my Sunny Boy ice block, not connected but they add up to… the vibe of the thing.

Dripping Tetrahedron was inspired by the pyramid shaped icy blocks Sunny Boys and other similarly uninteresting memories. But combined into an artwork they become totally interesting, engaging and even inspiring, or they do to me. What do you think? Are you picking up on my ‘vibe’?

Mixed media abstract painting in blues and greens

 

New gallery – Panoply

Several of my paintings are available through Panoply online gallery, both as originals and canvas prints in various sizes. Talk about an easy way to shop! You can even use ‘After Pay’ which is a bit like a lay-by you get to take home straight away. And the site now has international shipping. So until I manage to corral my Gallery page here – I’m trying and it will be better soon! – Panoply is a great way to go about covering your walls with retro-vibe paintings by moi.

Newsletter? What newsletter?

Yes, good question. I did a little pre-newsletter promo-ing only to discover another big glitch in my website – my newsletter sign up form is not really functioning. I’m working on it too. All this takes so much time and to be totally truthful – I’d rather be painting! So if you are waiting on my much touted newsletter I suggest you don’t hold your breath. Give me a week or two and I’ll try to surprise you with something worth the wait!!!

As always, if you have any questions just jump onto the comments here or contact me through my contact page. I’m always happy to chat.