Low Tide – Early Work No 2 (63.5 x 49.5 cm)
This highly textured landscape is one of the artist’s earliest paintings. In his studies, the artist was influenced by both French, (especially Monet), and Australian Impressionist artists from the late 1800s and early 1900s, where the emphasis was on light, shadow and colour.
Using ‘plein air’ techniques he has captured reflected light and shadows at a time of day when the tide is out. It seems that a shower of rain has passed and the sun is quite low.
Composition follows the ‘rule of thirds’ and the foreground leads the viewer’s eye to the principal object, the shack, and then the eye travels around the canvas.
Through the repeated use of orange hues, tints and shades, energy has been achieved. The cool brown colour mixes are very appropriate for a muddy beach where ‘things’ are washed up. Brush strokes are varied, and include lots of dabs and strokes of various, softly coloured paints.
The secondary object, the boat, can be symbolic of one’s lifestyle. Perhaps someone works here, earning a daily living from the sea.
Acrylic on Masonite, early 1970s. (Cleaned, repaired and framed.)