The doctor said to go to bed, get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Despite the body remaining static the brain kept running at a million miles an hour thinking about the projects laughing at me from the corner of the studio. As if this wasn’t enough, I kept having flashbacks to a time when my mother was undergoing chemo.
There were four paintings lined up in front of her bed, and we both studied them. I had no idea what I was looking at and so was somewhat nonplussed when she fired,
“What comes next Ellis?” I looked to her poor tired face and back to the four canvases staring back at me mockingly before shrugging out of resignation. “Look at it!” she went on the words coming out stronger than I heard her speak in a long time. More from a need to make her happy than interest I once again looked at the four paintings, each of them squares of differing colours with large borders, cold moving into warm, opposites of the colour wheel in varying degrees. It was an exercise in graduating colour and I was at a loss… until now. Now I get it and wish I had those four paintings to finish for her. Unfortunately we no longer have them. Yes, I could probably recreate them from memory but mum had a different style to mine, she was very clever with how she applied colour using the impressionist cools against lights, darks and warms. Remembering one panel in particular, the centre was a warm cream against a frame of purple. The cream was a myriad of colour from hot reds and oranges to cool blues and yellows mixed with a white, (I think she used Titanium White). The border was a wonderful array of cool reds, warm greens creating a wonderful muted purple. The next panel was a cool cream almost blue with a border of warm red cooled with a blue, the next working in to the greens warm and cool, and so on. This was her last project before she died, a project she never finished.
Since her passing, I have spent many hours thinking about this work, wondering or wishing I had the opportunity to find the answer to her question, intuitively feeling that the key to my questions about my own work lies buried somewhere in the answer.
And so, moving on, Its the Gold Coast Show August 29th – 31st 2014. Every year the Gold Coast Show hosts the popular and traditional Show events featuring fireworks displays, ring events, Australiana displays, show bags, wood chops, side show alley, visual arts and home crafts displays, stage shows, and roving entertainment. In the category of Visual Arts is the Painting and Drawing competition into which I have submitted 3 Paintings in the series Figurative on Abstract.