Friday, October 16, 2009

children's pool at the Newcastle Ocean Baths beside the Pacific Ocean

Working on A4 sized journal pages - prep work carried out in september this year for a commissioned painting of the Children's Pool at Newcastle Ocean Baths. A trip in July this year provided an opportunity to spend time in this location and record images on camera for use in the studio. Revisiting a place of reverie and considerable inspiration refreshed ideas for the painting and the memory of the mood and feel of the place! The last 2 ink drawings show sections of the neighbouring ocean baths. Colour, light, time of day, the ocean's rhythms and shifting weather conditions make this place so atmospheric and affecting. The fact one can immerse oneself completely in the water of both pools and ocean seem only to add to the drama and sense of belonging to be found here. Time is ever present through the wearing away of paint and concrete and wood and rock platform between pool and sea. Sounds, voices and words linger on from times past - evocative of a mood the speaks of the eternal.

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