Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Hot Afternoon"

"Hot Afternoon"
Acrylic on Canvas

It's the end of a long day, the sun beats down on the side walk. Shimmering heat rises up from the gutters, radiating out from the forest of steel and glass. Weary workers make their way stickily through the crowds. Traffic drags lazily along the searing roads.  The sky shimmers with smog and heat, the air is thick and heavy and the hot afternoon drags on.

Although this is not physically my environment right now, it is where my head is.  When I painted this, I remembered the skyline of the cities of my home.  Skycrapers glittering against a mid-summer sky, reflecting the ocean that laps close by.  Dust, smog, and the thick scent of summer linger in the air.

I miss my homeland of Australia, but never more than when I am facing the dread of another mid-western winter.  To save myself, I bask in my memories of time spent in the city.  The two cities where I lived in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne, are an exquisite mash of urban and ocean.  But I have visited so many cities and each has that familiar ambiance on a hot afternoon

This work is done in Silks Acrylic Glaze on an un-primed cotton canvas. It is the image of a hot afternoon in the city, it could be any city, it could be every city. Fine art prints of this work are available through Fine Art America.

So, there are only 6 spots left in my studio masterclass; "Art of Luminescence". It is my only studio appearance for 2012.

If you can, why don't you join me in beautiful Excelsior Springs, Missouri at The Gallery Off Broadway for a day of shimmer, glitter, sparkle and shine as I help you unlock the secrets of luminescent watercolor and acrylic painting. The workshop is on Saturday November 17, 2012.  For more information, or to register, click here.

And finally, don't forget, for a chance to win a place on Life Book 2013, be sure to enter my Life Book 2013 giveaway.  I'll be drawing a winner by random number generator over the weekend.  You could win a spot in Life Book 2013.

Thanks for checking in. xx