Abstract, Dolphins and Birds

My series of dancers has been fun, challenging, rewarding and educational but for a very short time have turned my attention to dolphins and birds. Must admit it is quite therapeutic, like light reading after heavy study. There was a painting which demanded serious attention. A few years back I had a half baked idea and started painting and got it oh so wrong. Frustration found it hanging on the floor until I was tidying up and decided to waste not, want not. It took several efforts until I finally arrived at a conclusion with which I was happy.

Freedom Flight

Freedom Flight

Framed Print

Framed Print

A friend of ours who is a chaplain saw another painting I had done along similar lines and she took the time to explain the symbolism of the number seven. Of course I had to google it and was pleasantly surprised. It means Completeness and Perfection (both physical and spiritual). I had predetermined to call the painting Freedom Flight but with this new knowledge the painting took on a new meaning. This painting is for sale. To be redirected to the webpage click on the image.

Greeting Card Just had a thought, this would make a great Xmas card. To be redirected to Fine Art America click on the image.

 

 

The next subject to which I turned my attention was Dolphins because children love them. A few years back I did a painting for my niece who was then 9yrs which still takes pride of place at her house. Have completed a short series of three which can be purchased either individually or as a set. Ideal for children’s rooms. Prints are available at Fine Art America, click on the link provided or on framed image.

Dolphin 1/3

Dolphin 1/3

Framed Print

Framed Print

Dolphin 2/3

Dolphin 2/3

Framed Print

Framed Print

Dolphin 3/3

Dolphin 3/3

Framed Print

Framed Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been mucking around with another idea and decided this was an opportune time to give it a go. I did a landscape. How successful it is, who knows.. but hey, here it is..

Sunrise Oil on Canvas 38cm x 77cm

Sunrise
Oil on Canvas
38cm x 77cm

Framed Print

Framed Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exercise gave me another idea. Why not do landscapes as abstract? In the Dancer series I am using abstract as background. In the next series I want to focus on the Australian outback theme which presents its own set of conundrums. In the first series the abstract has been rather wild, so I need to get a handle on controlling paint application while maintaining the wild freedom seen in the first series. Grabbing yet another discarded canvas off the floor I have started work. Not sure about this.. am seriously thinking to scrap it and start again.. Its all part of the learning curve.

Whirlygig Abstract 1





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About Ellis Burgess

A number of people have said that ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) is in Ellis’s genes and to some extent they may be correct. Her grandmother painted and so did her mother. Marge Barley started painting when she was 9 years old and achieved some acclaim in New Zealand. In turn, her mother, Ellis’s Grandmother started much later in life more from compulsion than conscious desire. Ten years ago a well-intentioned friend shoved a paintbrush into Ellis’s clenched fist, forcefully moving her hand between paint pot and paper until it moved of its own volition in a frenetic frenzy attended by a torrent of tears born of bewilderment and frustration, unaware of the wild colour patterning the fury within. Ellis’s mother had passed away three years earlier from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From these inauspicious beginnings Ellis began to paint, and for a short time attended classes at the Hamilton Society of Arts in New Zealand. Seven years ago, Ellis and her husband moved to the Gold Coast where she met Stephen Buntrock of the Gold Coast Art School. With his encouragement, painting became more than just something to do. It became a passion. Another passion is dance. Ellis loves the musical synergy of movement, the human form working with rhythm mood and emotion, sensing the freedom as the dancer soars across the floor with effortless ease. Like a lot of little girls, she was sent off to ballet in a somewhat desperate attempt by her grandfather to stop her stomping around the house. Eleven years later Ellis was selected to dance with NZ Ballet Company in a season of the Nutcracker. Did Ellis stop stomping? No. Ballet was to be her life; that was until she met the man of her dreams. Never the less, ballet has featured in much of her adult life by way of teaching and outlets of involvement. Ellis quickly discovered another outlet was painting. She spent a long time pondering on the skill set required to achieve her vision; how to portray the artistry of movement, the musicality and rhythm of dance, and the genius of the human form on canvas. Attempting different techniques, she learnt she is not an illustrator, but a painter who gravitated towards free movement. In her quieter moments Ellis often wonders what her mother would say if she were still here, left only with her paintings languishing against the wall. As an apprentice in the art of painting Ellis hopes the path ahead will be clear, perhaps meander elegantly at her will. Maybe it will broaden out to a huge piazza where she may sit for a long while, then later choose the many paths that transverse the piazza or continue again down the main road.