Exhibitioning

Here's a snap of the painting I completed today for my upcoming exhibition at NRCG. It is called Longing.

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Mural at the new Byron Hospital

I've so been enjoying painting this mural for young physiotherapy patients in the new Byron Central Hospital. This one is in the Paediatric Gym: a place where little ones go to bend and stretch and heal broken bones. It's nice to think of children getting inspired to heal so they can walk over to the bear or reach up for the giraffe.

Countercurvature

I'm enjoying watching this whale emerge onto the paper in a spontaneous arrangement of blue, teal and lilac shapes. I wonder what it is about curves that so appeals to my eye, especially curves that first move in one direction and then arc back in the other on a counter-curve. 

A good counter-curve elicits joyous somatic memories of dancing, waist and hips moving in rhythm. A counter-curve brings it all back home: first out, then in... up/down... action/reaction. I guess it's about balance, and the sense of harmony balance brings. 

Curved shapes speak to me of flowing liquid, the outlines of leaves, the shape of baby animals and other benevolent things. They're the smooth opposite to jagged glitches, sharp spikes, and the abundance of unforgiving straight lines in our built environment.

With curves there's fluid movement. It tastes like honey and sounds like water running over rocks.

This newer style of painting actually started out as concepts for glass sculptures I plan to make one day.