Manly Yacht Club (59.5 x 34.5 cm)
This painting is reminiscent of one of Tom Tompson’s (1877 – 1917) paintings. Whilst residing overseas the artist was able to study, first hand, the techniques used by Tom Tompson, a Canadian artist, and the Group of Seven (late 1800s-early 1900s). Colours and the play of light were most important to these artists who created their own, unique style as an answer to the French Impressionists.
In this painting, the horizontal format has been used, and this helps widen the panorama.
Light from above highlights the Yacht Club building and the water. An effect of visual depth has been achieved because the artist painted the foreground in much bolder colours than the mid-section, where the colours transition into a hazy, cloudy sky.
Cool colours, greens and blues, mixed with warm golds and soft earth colours, in both shades and tints, give quiet energy. The colours complement each other. A variety of brushstrokes were used to avoid monotony. Attention has been paid to detail, especially in the mid-section.
The mood of the painting is relaxed and inviting.
Acrylic on Masonite, late 1970s. (Cleaned and framed. Major enhancement.)