My ‘Happy Summer’ series have been so wonderful to work on. I work in deep concentration, focusing on the act of mark-making and the effect that gouache, ink and water has on the robust 300gsm textured watercolour paper surface.
I am particularly fond of creating the vivid rose-coloured circles with the larger Japanese calligraphy brushes. I enjoy greatly the range of expressive marks I can make with these brushes – I am interested in seeing how the shapes, lines and colours harmonise with one another and create a pleasing sense of rhythm on the page.
These pieces are heavily influenced by artists such as Miro and Chagall, and explore spontaneity, chance, form and colour. They also investigate the human need to express ourselves through story telling and mark making.
I have included two of my favourite pieces from the series available for sale. The abstract art works are created with ink and gouache on 300gsm cold-pressed watercolour paper. I have been very deliberate in my colour choices with the Happy Summer pieces; selecting punchy, bright shades to illustrate the excitement and delight of the season.
I also wanted these brush drawing artworks to sit within a slim portrait format to reflect how many of us interact with our world (via our smart phones). The abstract art work measures 12 x 21 cm and I like the way the shapes work on this shape.
The high quality 300gsm paper is bright white with a slight texture and this original piece of abstract art is signed and dated.