Final paintings

Following over a month’s work on compiling experimental images of the garden I have now completed four final paintings.  Some of these came directly from colour studies made in my visual journal and some were done spontaneously as a response to an idea. Each of them expresses a different quality of ‘GARDEN’.

This is the first of the four images depicting MYSTERY.  I have used the paint freely and applied it with the palette knife and my hands – very little use is made of the brush. After each painting session, I would then cover the image with a wash of acrylic ink because I didn’t want a representational image.  This was an interesting step in the painting because it meant that each layer of creative expression was washed out so that I didn’t become precious with how the image was emerging. It kind of emerged out of itself in a peculiar way.

The MYSTERY of the garden
The steps leading the viewer into the garden which is full of light suggests exploration and new views. The touch of the unknown and the mystery of unknown paths is suggested by a carved stone head on the left of the painting.


About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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