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Cosmic Nature

“If you cannot travel to nature, let nature come to you.”

From the moment I discovered the wonders of the night sky, Iwas instantly charmed. The breath-taking softness and elegance of the stellar forms, coupled with the richness of hues, was an addition to my palette that I couldn't resist. A fascination for light and shadow took hold and came to life in a series of watercolour and oil paintings in early 2016, entitled 'Cosmic Nature'.

This collection of oil paintings and watercolours are the result of a combination of two loves, nature and astronomy, inspired in part by the works of David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, amongst others.


The subject matter is simple, stripped down to the bare essentials – the play of the colours of light, and the essence of the animal within the painting. Each piece is homage to the night sky as much as it is to the species within it. The interplay of cloud and stars creates a unique and bold background that blurs the boundary between the real and the imaginary. 

Cosmic Nature

“If you cannot travel to nature, let nature come to you.”

From the moment I discovered the wonders of the night sky, I was instantly charmed. The breath-taking softness and elegance of the stellar forms, coupled with the richness of hues, was an addition to my palette that I couldn't resist. A fascination for light and shadow took hold and came to life in a series of watercolour and oil paintings in early 2016, entitled 'Cosmic Nature'.

This collection of oil paintings and watercolours are the result of a combination of two loves, nature and astronomy, inspired in part by the works of David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, amongst others.

 

The subject matter is simple, stripped down to the bare essentials – the play of the colours of light, and the essence of the animal within the painting. Each piece is an hhomage to the night sky as much as it is to the species within it. The interplay of cloud and stars creates a unique and bold background that blurs the boundary between the real and the imaginary. 

 

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The Art of Space and Flowers

Japanese influence has been floating in and out of things right now: thanks in no small part to my husband’s obsession with all things Japanese literature. We also recently brought some gorgeous prints for our bedroom. I’m reading Beauty and Sadness, by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, a book which feels half-poetry, half-painting.

All of these subtle nuances from the East, as well as being captivated by David Attenborough’s Life of Plants, culminated in a new Cosmic Painting.

Cosmic Thoughts: Expression

No matter what medium you use to paint cosmic scenes – be it oils or watercolours in my case – they are full of inimitable expressiveness. Van Gogh painted his mythical night sky, Starry Night, using oils so thick it made the painting feel tactile. It’s as if Van Gogh was inviting you to touch that bright moon in a way you can’t in life. In watercolours, I find, the night sky feels more fluid. As if you can swim in the unreachable depths of space. As if the night sky is a free-flowing seascape. I don’t know what to choose, so I keep alternating between the two. Happily, may I add.

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