Smoke House at Cedar Creek (30.5 x 24 cm)
This painting was named by the artist as a smokehouse. However, the painting is more descriptive of an outhouse than a building where meat was ‘smoked’. So why it is called a smokehouse?
This is a simple composition where the smokehouse is placed as point of focus in the central section of the canvas.
Aerial perspective, (3D), has been achieved by manipulation of lines of colour and variations in tonal value. The soft tones of the sky make it appear as if one could touch the sky from the top of the ridge. The colour choice gives energy to the painting, and by using yellow-green through the central section of the canvas, a shimmering daylight effect has been achieved. The red roof of the smokehouse is complemented by the green colour that surrounds the building. Its white walls reflect the red roof.
The posts look natural, and the ‘T’ cross on the right post suggests it may have been part of a clothes line, in a bygone era.
The artist was influenced by the Australian Impressionist painters. Hence his work appears natural and realistic. He used lots of ‘stippling’ and dabs of paint in his creations.
The mood is a little nostalgic, though the colours are uplifting. The artist had a strong sense of the subject when he painted the ‘smokehouse’.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)