Looking back I found I hadn’t previously posted this painting.
It’s from a few years ago.. part of the “Caffeine Girl” series. Come to think of it, two of these works are currently hanging in Smart Artz Gallery in South Melbourne if you’re in the neighborhood. Actually, wait till after March 1st and you can catch The Wild Young Things there at the same time.
All the paintings from the series were/are approx 120 × 90 cm (4ft x 3ft) oil on canvas.
In regard to the Caffeine Girl series, I had a tentative title of “Café Girls” after the first two paintings were started but like most things, as it develops it takes on a life of it’s own.
The inclusion of the birds initially was to reflect or mirror the figures personality, but that’s not necessarily the case now in the later paintings.
Although it sounds a little strange, sometimes I feel like a painting is telling me what it wants rather than the other way around. It’s not always obvious even during the painting cycle what is going to reveal itself. You have a plan but a lot happens along the way. It’s an exciting part of the process of painting for me.
I don’t want to bore you with some long winded philosophical explanation about these works below as I really like it to be up to the viewer to decide on what it is or might represent.
What I will say is that when I look at these pieces I see something between the girl and the bird… something…. some mystery or something unsaid.
It may appear unsettling in one yet very subtle or innocent in another. This undercurrent appeals to me… creating something celebrating beauty but juxtaposing it with a darker subliminal element. However having said that, ascetically they are simply nice paintings to look at.