In spite of being ejected from Port Noarlunga’s gallery so quickly I did manage to snap a few more pictures. This is something I loved instantly but when I reflect I feel kind of hypocritical…
I think I first loved it because it sort of reminded me of my Pa’s paintings of Australian landscapes. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice sunset? I adore the sun setting on the horizon and the way it highlights the red earth (in spite of the fact that ochre is not my favourite colour – hypocrisy #1).
I like the surreal appearance of the sky as a back-drop to the silhouetted trees and the way the green of the leaves is still evident. I doubt if this reflects any kind of truth though as I think the tree foliage would not appear green (a) because of the light behind making them a black silhouette and (b) surely the colour of the light would affect the colour of the green anyway? I could be wrong, but that’s my instinct…
I like the combination of colours used together too – from yellows and oranges through to brighter blues and the more subtle green accents. And the contrast, it’s dark yet it’s also bright (hypocrisy #2).
Upon reflection, it did remind me a little of Bill Cook’s painting as the sky seems a little “Fantasia-like” with the eery type of cloud formations and the colours. However, in this instance I like it – in fact it is actually what bumped up the picture’s rating in my estimation. It caught my eye from across the room, I literally bolted across to get a closer look as quick as I could.
Strangely, what I disliked about Bill Cook’s painting I love about this.
Does this make me a hypocrite or just fickle?
UPDATE: 7 March 2012
(Like the pictures in my previous post about the Port Noarlunga Art Centre, I was unable to get the artist’s details due to being rushed out. I’ve emailed the gallery so if I get a response I’ll update with the information to credit the artists.)
I have been advised, via an email from the Arts Project Officer of the Noarlunga Council, that the artist is Peter Westerhoff. If you’re interested in more of his work (which I highly recommend!) visit here!