Acrylic on Canvas. 150cm x 110.

At first glance this painting may just appear to be random lines of red paint and shapes…
What inspired me when I was looking at the blank canvas was the play of shadows as they fell onto the canvas from the nearby Jacaranda tree and the shade cast from my pergola. As I have mentioned before, inspiration can and is found in the mundane around us. The things we don’t notice.

Here is the final result, I hope you enjoy.

X Carmen.


abstract, afternoon, back, blue, carmen, cilliers, jacaranda, original, red, shadows, tree, white, yard

My paintings are an exploration and expression of my personal emotions, interpersonal relationships and recollections of childhood; the human condition; and also influenced by my travel experiences and their influences on my senses as well as inspiration drawn from current fashion and pop culture.

My aim is to represent my world and express, with my chosen media the emotional moments, quirky twists and often humorous encounters of life.

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  • WOLF
    WOLFalmost 7 years ago

    great image


  • Carmen  Cilliers
    Carmen Cilliersalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Wolf! I am really battling with the tones of this, when I upload it the white is coming out too creme… blah blah – you know how it can be. Thanks for looking & commenting : )

  • LostBoy1
    LostBoy1almost 7 years ago

    Well i love the fact that your using the enviroment around you…wicked colour pallette too!

  • DarrellMoseley
    DarrellMoseleyalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Wild expression!

  • Carmen  Cilliers
    Carmen Cilliersalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks LB & Darrell!

  • missmilly
    missmillyalmost 7 years ago

    cool ! What a great idea! The result is lovely!

  • Carmen  Cilliers
    Carmen Cilliersalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Miss Milly!

  • Belinda "BillyLee" NYE (Printmaker)
    Belinda "Billy...almost 7 years ago

    Wow Carmen, I love this….do another one, the interpretation is what I like the best. Doing a realistic painting is hard I know but taking something from your mind and making interpretative art is so much more interesting to me. Its great, I love it…what size is it?

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsalmost 7 years ago

    Great idea using the shadows, great work.

  • Carmen  Cilliers
    Carmen Cilliersalmost 7 years ago

    Hey Billy – it’s about 110 × 160cm – really big – at a guess, I can’t find my tape measure.

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