Inspired by the great abstract works and aerial photography on Artdoxa, I created a series called "Journeys". This series uses and explores different types of maps to create artwork compositions.
Continuing with my Coal Seam Gas Exploration Theme, I digitally combined two of my study images, made a transparency, projected it onto watercolour paper and painted in inks, watercolour and gouache.
From my watercolour sketch I transferred the image onto canvas and painted in acrylic with brushes and palette knives.
I digitally manipulated of three of my misty Granite Belt morning watercolour studies, transferred the image onto canvas and painted the projected image in acrylic.
I digitally layered three studies to create this image, then printed it onto canvaspaper and over painted areas and washes in acrylic to resolve the landscape.
A better title for this painting should have been "Toxic Landscape", as the red area is red soil where nothing will now grow - the aftermath of Coal Seam Gas extraction and mining. What was once prime agricultural and grazing land was devastated. The miners did their "thing" and left without re-habilitating the landscape. Now nothing will grow and the grazier was left with the task and expense of cleaning-up.
The symbolism in the sky, a mark of respect for the Traditional owners of the land, signifies that the harmony of "man" and land is lost forever and has disappeared into the sky.
I used the same sketches and watercolour studies of a previous painting and reworked them to create a new approach, add feeling and meaning to this landscape. The underlying symbolism, that I created and used, is intended to show respect and regard for the traditional owners of this area of Western Queensland.
To create this artwork I scanned, layered and digitally manipulated two painted studies and one of my photographs.The resulant image was printed onto 190gsm watercolour paper with Epson archieval grade inks.
To create this artwork I scanned, layered and digitally manipulated two painted studies and one of my photographs.The resulant image was digitally printed onto a canvas and then further painted.
In this artwork, I layered and digitally manipulated my watercolour paintings, drawings, and texture rubbings. The final image was printed onto 180gsm smooth watercolour paper using Epson archieval inks.