53 cm x 73 cm, pastels on acid-free paper.
Date produced: October 2007, while living at Linden Park (2007-2009).
This piece is related to my Microcosm project (concentrating two years work on one Moreton Bay Fig tree), because it was produced from the same tree used in that project. However, this piece was produced during 2007 and 2008, rather than during the two years of that project (2005-2006).
With this piece, I am attempting to express the forms and space experienced, using mainly colour and tone. Surfaces that are close to me are made more orange, and those that are further away are made more blue. I have tried to indicate the air that surrounds the forms using blues. I found that the overall tone was very important for the expression of the subject.
This piece was produced mainly on-site (directly from the subject - by far, the best way to study the subject), but also partly in my studio from a black and white 3-D photograph that I had taken especially for working on this drawing away from the tree.
I tried to work quickly, focusing on the main ideas of this image. I developed an image I was quite happy with and then looked at refining that image further, to improve on what had already been achieved. Considerable experimentation took place with colours and tones, feeling the results as I worked; Could I get this section to feel like it was in front of that other section, etc. Being at the tree, theres a constant stream of stimuli, (such as birds calling out from various locations in the canopy, or the wind gently moving the leaves and boughs of the tree) that makes the whole experience real and enjoyable. Producing this type of image requires an exploration of the world around, as well as an exploration of my inner-self.
This piece was a finalist in the 2008 Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place.