Boat shaped garden with tea tree and two grass trees. Watercolour on rag paper. Last Saturday we made a wire corral that turned out to be boat shaped to protect the tea tree (leptospermum) from getting it’s bark gnawed by feral deer. We planted two grass trees (xanthorrhoea). They will take a long time to grow. Watercolour on paper
A book of Conice frustum basin designs
The templates I use to make basin forms are generated from a Conic Frustum, or truncated cone. In the series “containers for borrowed views” I derived the templates from conic sections, but warped the clay to allude to the heat distortions in galvanised iron basins salvaged from our south coast holiday shack that had been destroyed in a bush fire in 2009.
In this new series of basin designs I am further exploring the interior exterior relationships of patterns that traverse the surface. The hyperthetical transparency of the basins in these paintings enables me conceptualise continuities of surface and the paradox of the infinite panorama in a turning but closed circle.
The translation of water colour on paper to a ceramic surface presents particular challenges in terms of the glaze and pigment palette. A graphic response with scraffito though slip may be enhanced with underglaze stains. On the other hand the on glaze painting of pigment onto a white glaze presents similar conditions of immediacy and fluency that water colour on paper asks of the brush.
Feral situation. Study for a container form for PSP.doc group project show coming soon to Articulate Project Space.
Another book of Conice frustum basin designs
Basin design, George Rignold’s Swimming Pool pattern 1, water colour on smooth paper. My brother and I learnt to swim in this oyster encrusted tidal rock pool. Our family lived in a boatshed beside the pool until I was six. Our parents spent their weekends working on the excavation and build of their modernist house up the hill. The land was subdivided from the estate of George Rignold, Shakespearean actor and entrepeneur. Rignold had engaged Italian stone masons to construct the sandstone pool as well as dry stone walls around his estate on Gayamaygal land on Middle Harbour.