In My Brothers Tinnie
It feels like every day this summer I am in the water swimming. Mostly in the harbour as the beach is closed to due to sharks, bluebottles and huge swell.
I"m still playing with my style, so I'm happy to experiment and try new things. Originally this painting was so busy, densely patterned and very colourful. It wasn't quite pleasing to my eye—as my mum is fond of saying. So I put the painting out of my mind for a few months.
Today I kind of took a step back and looked at it with a critical eye, yes there were parts I loved and others were ho hum.
As I stared at the painting I imagined I was with my brother zooming around Sydney Harbour in his tiny tin boat. This feeling created the water. I realised it was capturing Sydney Harbour. I left small islands of pattern in the painting which were the sections from the first painting I liked and wanted to keep and draw attention to.
Now I feel ok about it. It's got a special story.