#1059 'The flower arranger'
From the "Fat Lady' series this painting is in Winsor and Newton Artists Alkyd oil paint on Arches cotton rag paper.
#1070 'Cloud Street Geraldton seagul
This is part of a series of paintings inspired by Tim Winton's wonderful book 'Cloud Street' This is about Geraldton in the chapter 'The Shifty Shadow is Lurking' "Rose Pickles knew something bad was going to happen. Something really bad, this time. She itched in her awful woollen bathing suit and watched her brothers and a whole mob of other kids chucking bombies off the end of the jetty in the bronze evening light. Fishing boats were coming in along the breakwater for the night
#1078 'Land of dreams'
I know this place. I have been there many times. Was it a dream? There is a hillside and a stream. Many dark places in which I cannot see. All is green and lush with vegetation. Rich. Tropical? Or are there mines? Somewhere in the light. I can see houses. Or can I? I can hear the animals now and the tinkling drips of water in my mind. Have you been here? If not its time you came with me to find it. You have been here before you know. You will never remember when or how .......
#1062 'Encounter at Wineglass Bay'
It started as a promontory at Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet National Park in Eastern Tasmania. As always the painting took over and I had no idea where it was going. The promontory became a wild island with writhing trees, rocks and caves surrounded by space and mist. The painting wanted a boat, so I gave it a boat with a seated man resting his oars and staring at me and a strange man standing in the bow…looking, looking. A story emerged but I can’t tell you what it is because I don’t kno
#1115 'Not forgotten'
The setting sun over the Swan River on a hot summer's evening. This is the Perth I love and remember from so many days sailing or sitting on the banks of the river. Its not a real place but if you have lived in Perth you know it well.
#1124 From vines into darkness
Old houses amongst the vines of the Swan Valley in Western Australia
#1122 Heat of the night
Abstract patterns inspired by my wife
#1085 'Echoes of the day'
I call the track that runs from the Great Northern Highway down to the Gibb River Road past Tunnel Creek "Limestone Road" as there are fossil Devonian coral reefs all the way. This creates a wonderful landscape of rounded reefs caves, boabs and palms. There are crevices, hidden valleys and caves in which animals hide in the heat of the day, so too do the ghosts which wait for dusk, oozing from cracks and floating down the track seeking stragglers from the day.
#1099 'The sound of the night'
At first you think the night is silent, then as your eyes gradually begin to see and darks shapes turn into deep reds you begin to hear. The moon is a cold white but somehow the trees in front of you are gold and the scratching scrabbling sounds begin, punctuated by shrieks and distant moans. You are not alone, but the endless life and death dramas of small creatures will not harm you. You are safe here in the Pilbara, enjoy the colours, the presence of the rocks and the sound of the night.
#1123 Sunset of fire
A jumble of colour and shapes inspired by the boats and racks in East Fremantle. This is a real scene but the painting took over and created its own version of reality. I create textures on the canvas using acrylic modelling paste, then draw the initial images in black and white acrylic paint. The next phase is the most exhausting as I work rapidly without thinking applying colour loosely with acrylic paint. I haven't a clue what I am doing, I just do it as it feels.
#1100 'Mesmerised by the moon'
I painted this over an old oil painting which had lost its interest for me. Consequently there are palimpsests within the work, where there are glimpses of its history and previous life. The new painting is entirely imaginary. I worked in alkyd based oil paint using colour shapers and brushes, dragging and glazing. I just let the painting guide me and take me wherever it wanted me to go. The content is not designed or intended it simply arises during the process of painting.
#1125 Palms of Thailand
The view across the Mekong from our guesthouse Thailand Painting Holidays
The model is my wife Waree http://th
The model is my wife Waree https://www.painting-holiday.net/waree who is my co-host at our Thailand Painting Holidays guest house where I teach art and Waree guides Thai rural culture. #painting #holiday #Thailand jeremyholton.com https://www.painting-holiday.net/waree I entered this painting into the Mundaring Open Art Acquisition Exhibition but it was rejected on the grounds that it is pornographic. I don't think its pornographic
#1084 'Full moon rising El Questro'
A long time ago there were those who camped by a clear watered babbling stream lost in the bush in El Questro of the Kimberley. In the evening they would climb the hillside and stand looking down on the cobbled river in the valley far below. The moon would rise and they would toast the Kimberley in wine. The birds squawked and the animals rustled in the leaves. The time passed, the landscape remained but the people had gone.
#1063 'Sundays in Hobart'
I did a rough sketch with a reed pen and ink. Then I worked into it with oil pastel. I wanted to capture the scratchiness of Hobart, the choppy water and the sun on Mount Wellington. I liked the colours but it was a bit boring so I destroyed it by covered the whole painting with violet pigmented ink. Now it was obliterated, I set about trying to find it again by scraping into the ink with a palette knife sometimes carefully like a palaeontologist unearthing a fossil; sometimes vigorously
#1053 'A place without time'
As the Toodyay Road winds its way down the escarpment into the coastal plains, on the left there is a hidden valley where huge boulders and trees have a presence like Hanging Rock near Mount Macedon in Victoria. It is a place to stop and to listen and to feel the hairs at the back of your neck.
#1045 'Journey through the vines'
This painting is about paint. You could almost say that it is painterly in the way that the oil has been pushed and scraped into marks of many colours that resolve into a Swan Valley landscape. A journey often made but this land is like no other.
#1052 'The long lunch'
Lunch at Jane Brook Vineyard in the Swan Valley is something everybody should experience. After a satisfying mean and a few glasses of wine the afternoon and the conversation stretches on as though the day has no end.
#0735 'Far away country'
GALLERY: Having looked at the original of this painting, I have to say that the photograph does not do it justice. In the original there is much more variation within the darks of the trees. This is probably one of the most immediately accessible paintings in the exhibition due to the shear strength and drama of the trees on the hillside. The artist has achieved a magnificent control over space in the work and you feel as though you could walk down into the valley, across the bridge and up ..
#0880 Fragrant Blooms
The air is still and filled with an ecstasy of scents: earth, leaves, dew and the pervading delicate perfume of the flowers. This is a large painting and I wanted it to dominate the room and to become the centrepiece. To create an ambiance of the colour, beauty and re-birth of flowers so that every day is a new beginning. I used pinks of such intensity that the viewer is drawn into the painting to smell the blossoms, feel the tendrils and hear the birdsong.
#0993 'Swan valley house 1'
One of a commissioned series of a house in a vineyard in the Swan Valley.
#1107 'The Fisherman's Almanac'
Part of the 'Fat Lady' series. A recurring theme of the strong, mysterious woman, often sexy and slightly threatening with her small man in this case about to be devoured by decorative fish
A couple in ecstasy from my Lovers series. Flowers and love go so well together.
The model is my wife Waree https://www.painting-holiday.net/waree who is my co-host at our Thailand Painting Holidays guest house where I teach art and Waree guides Thai rural culture. #painting #holiday #Thailand jeremyholton.com