Animals, or animal-like figures, frequently appear in my work, but I seldom paint pictures specifically about animals.
When invited to exhibit in this show I was busy painting rocks and exploring industrial archaeology, but I did a painting of a unicorn especially. Then I managed to insert some teddy bears, sea monsters, birds, odd zoomorphic creatures and a stuffed elephant into the other pieces I was doing.
Here are the eight paintings I have finished. I'm working on another one with a wombat in it, but might not have it ready in time, so don't hold your breath. I'm sorry if you were expecting puppies and kittens.
At the beginning of this year things seemed confusing and uncertain, what with a lingering pandemic, threats of war, family issues and all the other stuff that was going on. I rather wished there were some wise person who could tell us all what to do next. I feel this way at the beginning of most years and as usual there didn't seem to be any divine guidance forthcoming, so I did a painting instead.
An adventure in ambiguous architecture. Toys for young and old and an infinite city.
Betty Nolan has been making gorgeous ceramic horses, and some of them turned into unicorns. I like unicorns, so I painted a few of my own. The Lady in whose lap the Unicorn should be resting its head has been upstaged by a crowd of unruly "musicians". She's not quite sure what to do about it.
There are striated pardelotes nesting under the roof of my studio, as happens about this time every year. It's a rowdy business building nests and raising chicks and they make a lot of noise. Meanwhile, fairy wrens are building their nests in the next-door shed where chicken wire across all the openings ensures they are safe from larger birds. I am not lonely!
A happy little dream image, which may be the precursor to a larger painting. Meanwhile, think lollypops and sugar.
Agapanthus grow everywhere around my studio. I believe they are classed as weeds, and I would prefer native plants. But I enjoyed painting the flowers.
A still-life study I did as a painting exercise. What more can I say?
I found a rather boring picture painted about ten years ago abandoned in the back of my store-room. Added the Kraken, a definite improvement. Probably my favourite painting of all of these.
|Waiting for Instructions 61 cm x 91 cm|
|Childhood Dream 82 cm x 66 cm|
|Serenading a Unicorn 61 cm x 76 cm|
|Nesting Season 61 cm x 46 cm|
|Little Friends 30 cm x 61 cm|
|Hunting the Wild Agapanthus 84 cm x 91 cm|
|Conversation with a Pink Elephant 45 cm x 35 cm|
|Baby Kraken 45 cm x 61 cm|
All these paintings are in oil on stretched canvas. If you are interested in any of them, contact Betty Nolan at Nolan Gallery, Space 109, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Phone: (03) 6223 3449 Mobile: 0438 446 785
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 6 pm; Sat 10 am - 4 pm; Sun 12 pm - 4 pm