I Am Back Painting

Meet Me There, Ghana Jan 2012

I have finally made it back into the studio after a wonderful holiday to Australia. Of course my first goal was to start with one of the large canvases, which is actually not HUGE but it is big for me.

This painting was inspired from our travels to Eastern Ghana. We stayed at a stunning place called Meet Me There, where the lagoon meets the sea. As with any chilled out experience on the beach in Africa you are always observing daily life go by. This is my attempt to capture daily life. We did see many men too but I have to say I love painting the women for their curves, colours and flapping fabrics in the breeze. I decided to use pastel and cool colours because I was wanting to communicate my calm and content mood whilst sitting in my hammock soaking up the atmosphere and watching life go by.

The second photo shows you the beginning of my beach series and how my studio is developing.

Look how the studio is progressing

The Next Piece

Colours of Ghana, Nov 2011

I really like the vibrancy of this one. I used my background to represent movement and chose the colours to represent flirtation and energy. The patterns are inspired from the stunning African textiles. The yellow waves are meant to lead the viewers eyes to my voluptuous dancer. I think each of these pieces will appeal to different people. I am hoping something really speaks to them. My personal favourite one at the moment is the first one as I really do like the movement in it but then it does depend what mood I am in. My next challenge will be to capture a man with his energetic movements, I would also like to paint bigger.

Dancing in Ghana

Dancing in Ghana, Nov 2011

In Africa dances are used at nearly every social, cultural or religious event. Sometimes they tell the story of a people and other dances give moral “instructions” on how to live a good and harmonic life. This painting is inspired from a traditional dance I saw at our school’s international day the “exaggerated bottoms” are a very important part of this flirtatious yet entertaining dance.

It is hard to capture the movement with this dance as the moves are quiet grounded and the costumes don’t really fly in the air as they do with other dances, well that is from my observation anyway.

In this painting I used the background to lead the viewers’ attention to the back of the dancer, the circles represent the drum beats and colours are cooler because the moves seemed more grounded, calmer however the yellow represents the humour of the dance. The design on her dress is inspired from African textiles. I am planning to paint one more dance themed piece today to complete the set then I will try something else.

Rhythm of Africa

Rhythm of Africa, Nov 2011

I have decided to make today and tomorrow my painting days. My goal is to work on a dance series as I really want to capture my passions and interests here in Ghana. My first MAJOR passion being the music and dance which you really do see and hear nearly every day. In this piece I was wanting to use my brushstrokes and changing colours to represent the rhythm of the music. I chose these colours because for me they represent happiness and excitement. When I was painting this piece I played my favourite African music really loud and tried to capture how I felt. I hope you like it.