Cicadas are still singing loudly outside the studio, and everything is looking pretty dry and crispy. In the shadows of the bush, mostly I can see blue. It's a deep Australian kind of blue, or maybe that's just how it looks to me. I like working in blue and enjoy all the associations that come with that colour. This year I'm gazing inwards and checking out the understory of the bush, which is a bit out of my comfort zone, as I am characteristically drawn to wide open landscapes.
Looking outwards or inwards, we find interesting recurring themes, and tokens or totems might pop up, just like that - out of the blue. Artworks are being resolved ready for a group exhibition called 'Out of the Blue', where 8 Sydney artists have responded to the theme in porcelain, paint, timber, paper, wax and photography. My contribution to 'Out of the Blue' centres around the Bogong moth and the blue Australian bush near our Snowy Mountains. Others are looking at the sky or ocean, and others are focusing on sentimentality and emotional associations.