I painted Cradle Mountain after a walk in Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania.
The weather on this spring day was typically changeable – warm one minute, cool the next. The sun came and went behind skittish clouds. When the breeze picked up it tousled foliage and created a play of shadow and light on both lake and mountain.
I have worked extensively with collage in both analog and digital form. The decision making involved with both of these genres has provided me with opportunities to explore elements of arrangement, layering, overlap and negative space. The resultant learning about transparency, depth, patina and composition has carried over to my painting practice. For example, layering loose, broad, ‘gappy’ brushstrokes of opaque and transparent paint; choosing what to leave out and trusting to know what not to change, and when to stop.
I believe this approach has helped to recapture the fleeting weather conditions of that day at Cradle Mountain – from the fast moving clouds above the horizon and light reflected on the lake in the middle ground, to the gentle movement of dense heathland in the foreground.