I started by looking around in my immediate neighbourhood… I’m looking for ideas… I’m a detective. I believe you should be able to paint whatever you see with whatever you have at hand. So I’m looking. Lots of construction going on here… great cranes lifting slabs of concrete, dreams being built on a labourer’s sweat, a suburb lurching into existence alongside a Payne’s Grey coastline.
I see a bobcat. It’s parked outside a tradie’s house, bucket lowered, rust and dirt clinging to a chassis which has seen better days. Love it. This is my kind of subject… now I have to work out how it’s going to work. I’ve tried isolating it against the canvas… I like the integrity and the starkness, but maybe it needs context…. ?
The best part about travelling is letting the ideas sift themselves and work their way out. I’m looking forward to attacking this painting with fresh eyes when I return.