An 18 month drawing expedition through China, Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Celtic regions of Scotland, Ireland and Brittany.
This selection of pastel and charcoal drawings is from a collection of over 700 works on paper done during this solo expedition starting in China in May 06 and finishing in Brittany, France in November 07.
All works were done directly from the subject (plein air style) and many were done in extreme weather conditions including sub zero temperatures, high altitude, storm force winds, plus-40 degree heat, snow storms, heavy rain, hail, dust and insect attack. These conditions are part of the drawing process for my works on paper and the expressive power of nature’s elements.
During this time, I spent 10 months working on a series of works on paper while based in the East Bohemian city of Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic. These studio-based works were developed from selected plein air drawings that I had done throughout the Czech Republic and other parts of Europe.
Working in East Bohemia gave me an opportunity to draw from a range of pastoral and urban landscape environments and subjects which contrast with those of my earlier Tasmanian rugged wilderness based work. These will inspire new directions and visual language in my ongoing art practice.
As with my previous plein air works on paper done in the Tasmanian wilderness and in other parts of the world over the past 20 years, these works also form the basis for developing my studio based paintings and drawings.
A selection of plein air works on paper 2006/07 are below. Sizes are from 70 x 50 cm to 30 x 21 cm.