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Studio Process

I made a short video on Instagram showing how I develop the early stages of a painting.

This painting will be exhibited during SALA at Smart Art Gallery, Kent Town, SA

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Legacies of Love

A new body of work exploring generational “passing down”: plant cuttings and other aspects of gardens, and domestic wares of by-gone eras. Inspired by items I have from both of my late grandmothers, and plant cuttings taken from my late mother-in-law’s garden.

‘Jean’s Geraniums’ (2017), acrylic on cradled wooden board, 25.3 x 25.3cm
Detail, ‘Jean’s Geraniums’

Approaching Abstraction: engaging with abstract artworks

Do abstract artworks confound you or leave you cold?

Don’t let your lack of understanding prevent you from engaging with abstract art.

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Through analysis of the pictorial surface, we can begin to engage with abstract artworks, discovering new connections previously unseen. Greta Laundy, Flinders Walk (detail), late March 2017, oil on canvas, 76 x 91cm.

Like many artists, abstraction is a fundamental way of working for me. Often I will begin my drawing/painting process with a degree of representation, an idea of a place / a memory / feeling, or more often a combination of all of these. Recognisable forms will appear, I will begin to use tone to develop those forms, I will get caught up in the pretence of creating illusionary space on a two-dimensional surface. I will begin to get tight and self-conscious in my technique, and I will feel like I am merely scratching the surface of my creative intention.

Then I get frustrated. Very frustrated. Frustrated with the very human desire for recognition of our world, for an easy literalness that doesn’t take too much brain effort and is somehow comfortable and reassuring. Yet bland. Boring and tired.  Dont worry, I feel this desire for recognition too, I like to see shapes in clouds or shadows, like most people do. Perhaps it is an evolutionary survival instinct? Back when we were hunting and gathering, we probably needed to be able to pick out friend or foe/ to discern shapes on moonless nights on wild plains (or in murky streets late at night) so as to not get eaten or attacked.

But the frustration I feel in this stage of painting stems from my deep desire to connect with myself and painting at another level. This is difficult to describe in words, which is probably why I paint! For me, abstraction is very much like poetry or a beautiful piece of classical music, it is something felt and experienced, yet difficult to articulate. It whispers softly rather than yells; it suggests (many) a route instead of showing the most well trodden path; it is open, instead of being closed.  Like many abstract artists, I have always felt abstraction is a metaphor for life and very the experience of being; and don’t be fooled: it is damn hard work, with a constant and evolving process of editing, adding and changing, until somehow, the painting is at the golden moment when it is finished. It is bloody difficult and intellectually challenging. And that is why I love it so much, it pushes me every single time.

Yet, I know many of you find abstraction perplexing, if not downright inaccessible. But, if you can hold back your immediate judgement, and approach abstraction with an open mind, you may well be pleasantly surprised.

So what should you do the next time you come across a piece of abstract art? The entry point for any artwork is simply looking at the artefact: in the case of painting, the surface. Here are some questions you could ask as you engage with the artwork:

  • What colours are used? Are they clashing or contrasting or harmonious? How do the colours make me feel?
  • What type of marks have been made? Are they soft or hard? How much energy did the artist use to make them? How much energy is embodied within the brushwork/knife-work?
  • What shapes are coming out? Are they hard or soft? Open or closed shapes? What do those shapes remind me of?
  • Is there lots of texture and/or partially hidden layers, or is the surface smooth? Why would the artist cover some areas and not others?
  • Now, think about if there is one focal point: where is your eye drawn too? Or does your eye get drawn across the surface in a particular way? Why might this be?

Lastly ask yourself these two important questions:

  • What does this artwork remind me of (a place, a journey, a specific moment in your life etc)?
  • How does the overall work make me feel (peaceful, joyful, apprehensive, excited, calm, afraid, thoughtful, meditative etc)?

This list of questions is a simplistic method of art analysis which can be used on any artwork, representational or abstract, and of course, there is a wealth of information out there if you wish to pursue your own studies. When you use this analysis process, you will not only see, but also experience, far more than by just giving an abstract artwork a cursory glance. Let me know how you go!

My (incomplete list) of favourite abstract artists (most of these artists are Abstract Expressionists):

  • Lee Krasner (USA)
  • Ann Thomson (Aus)
  • Joan Mitchell (USA)
  • Grace Hartigan (USA)
  • Phillip Ball (Aus)
  • Franz Kline (USA)
  • Robert Motherwell (USA)
  • Louise Bourgeois (France/USA)
  • Elaine DeKooning (USA)
  • Perle Fine (USA)

 

 

 

 

The Ikara-Flinders Ranges / Tracing the Line series (2017)

Current series investigating the spectacular Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, with numerous works on paper and a developing body of oil paintings on canvas.

Exhibition Dates 2017

SALA, August 2017

  • ‘Tracing the Line’ joint exhibition with Maggie Moy at Victoria Park Chiropractic Clinic, Rose Park, SA
  • The (biennial) Saint Ignatius Art Show, from 11th – 13th August, at 62 Queen St, Norwood, SA
  • Kensi Kollab: group exhibition at The Kensi Hotel, Kensington, SA
  • Unity: group exhibition at The Arkaba, 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton, SA

September 2017

  • Loreto Spring Art Show: 8th- 10th September, Loreto College, 316 Portrush Road, Marryatville, SA

November 2017

  • Stirling Arts Festival, 12 November, St Catherine’s School, Stirling, SA

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Paintings (2017)

I’ve included unresolved and early works to indicate how I have (and continue to) explore the rich visual motifs of the hills, trees and colours of the landscape. I’ve traversed between gestural abstraction and more Formalist styles and back again to ‘feel’ out this body of work.

Works on paper (2016-17)

Preliminary studies using watercolour, oil pastels, charcoal and ink undertaken whilst on location, and also back in the studio.

Lino Prints (2016)

Printmaking was one of my minors in my visual arts degree, and a medium I continue to periodically explore.

I love to use lino printing for playing with linear elements such as overlapping branches.

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‘Botanica’, (edition of 14)

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paper size approx 38 x 46cm (image: 30.5 x 30.5cm)
Paper size approx 38 x 46cm (image: 30.5 x 30.5cm)

‘Valley Breeze’, (edition of 6)

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Paper size: 25.6 x 35 cm (image: 15 x 20.3 cm)

‘Winter Trees’ (edition of 6)

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Paper size: 25.6 x 35 cm (image: 15 x 20.3 cm)

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Original Paintings: older works


Acrylic and oil paintings

‘In Our Hands’, $1050
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‘In Our Hands’ is an acrylic and oil painting on stretched canvas, 120x120cm (ready to hang). This work explores my ongoing interest in nature and environmental issues.

‘Islands I’, $800
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‘Earth Mandala in Blue and Green’,  $100
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‘Earth Mandala in Blue and Green’, acrylic inks on wood panel, 25x25cm

‘Dolly Daydreamer’,  $1000
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‘Dolly Daydreamer’, acrylic and oil on stretched canvas. A large scale painting exploring my imaginative childhood spent playing outside in paddocks, fascinated by nature in all its forms. Metallic silvers, blues and reds contrast against the white background. 140x105cm.

Limited Edition Giclee Prints

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Watercolour Paintings: Limited Edition Prints

Contemporary, bright and colourful.
My popular Flower Mandala series is now available as limited edition giclee prints in a range of selected sizes : 40x40cm, 60x60cm and 90x90cm.

Six beautiful designs to choose from.

Perfect as a Birthday, Christmas, Housewarming or Wedding gift for that special person(s) in your life, or simply to brighten up your own living spaces!

Please allow 2-3 weeks delivery from order date as each print is individually printed. Complimentary shipping through Australia Post to Australian customers. Each print is carefully packaged to ensure 100% satisfaction.

Burn and Float

[Original: Available]Burn and Float
40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180
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90x90cm $325
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Summer Blush

[Original: Available]
Summer Blush

40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180
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90x90cm $325
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Midnight’s Kisses

[Original: Sold]
Midnight's Kisses

40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180 
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90x90cm $325
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Hot City Nights

[Original: Available]
Hot City Nights

40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180 
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90x90cm $325 
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Washed Up

[Original: SOLD]
Washed Up

40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180 
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90x90cm $325 
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Afternoon Delight

[Original: Available]
Afternoon Delight

40x40cm $85
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60x60cm $180
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90x90cm $325
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Acrylic Paintings: Limited Edition Prints

My limited edition prints are printed on museum quality Hahnemule German etching paper using the best available colour matching and reproduction technology. This ensures your purchase will bring you a lifetime of pleasure.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery on confirmation of payment. **FREE Registered Australia Post delivery (international customers: please email me regarding shipping costs and ETA).

If you have any issues or questions, simply email me at gretalaundyart@gmail.com.

Summer Rains (2016)

[Original: Sold]

Summer Rains was inspired by a trip to Yorke Peninsula (one of my childhood homes) and the view of the slightly rolling hills with rain falling on them. Its bright colours and dynamic mark making are sure to enliven any living space. Available in a variety of paper sizes from A3 up to a large A0 (the image size is slightly smaller to allow for a border for matting/framing).

Summer Rains, Limited Edition Print (only 30 available)
Summer Rains, 2016, acrylic on canvas

A3: 30 x 42cm (unframed) $75
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A2: 42 x 59cm (unframed) $170
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A1: 59 x 84 cm (unframed) $330
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A0: 84 x 118cm (unframed) $450
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Spring Rush (2016)

[Original: Sold]

Inspired by the changing seasons evident in our garden, Spring Rush captures the movement and energy of a garden bursting out in flower at the start of spring. This print is available in three sizes.

Spring Rush (In my Secret Garden series)
Spring Rush, 2016, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

A2: (image size 42 x 48 cm, unframed)  $150
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A1: (image size 52 x 60 cm, unframed) $330
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A0+: (image size 101 x 110 cm, unframed) $480
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Burst Open (2016)

[Original: Available]

Freshen up your living space! The original painting was inspired by the fast changes taking place in my garden as Spring was approaching. Full of lively brushwork and rich colours. Available in three sizes.

Burst Open (In my Secret Garden series), 2016
Burst Open, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas. Now available as a limited edition fine art print.

A2: (image size 42 x 48 cm, unframed) $150
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A1: (image size 52 x 60 cm, unframed) $330
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A0+: (image size 101 x 110 cm, unframed) $480
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