eleonora knowland artist

australian abstractions

  • King's Canyon
  • King's Canyon detail
  • Dusk
  • Lamington Climb
  • Lamington Climb detail
  • Evaporation
  • Evaporation detail
  • 747
  • Rock
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May 2014

A trip to Australia last year was very inspiring, with bold shapes, strong shadows and very high hue colours. I saw rain evaporating before hitting the ground, rocks the colour of fire at dusk, vast trees with curving buttress roots and thick ropes of vines pushing up to the light. These have been the inspiration for my Australian Abstraction paintings.


February 2014

It has been a struggle to get into the studio this winter: cold and damp, where last year we were in hot Australia.

My current work is still about Australia, and I am trying to work with memories of hot colours, high temperatures and the shapes and forms of the landscape there. It is all high contrast, which I find difficult as my work usually involves the subtle shades of East Anglia.

140206 australia sketch 1

Finally I have produced a sketch that I believe I can work with. I now have started a large sketch on paper that I will paint in oils before moving on to stretching the canvas over the curves. There are still many stages of work and decisions to be made: will the lines be pleats or string? Will I make them quite so pronounced as they are in the sketch?
How strong will the finished piece be?
In the end these are only resolved as I paint, as I respond to the work in progress.

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