The collaboration project continues, and is almost at its culmination, an exhibition! Over the last few years Sue Rawlinson and I have been working together on a number of artworks – the major element being portraits, where one of us begins a portrait and the other finishes it. We now have over 70 of these. To see more about these click here.
Concertina books have also been part of the collaboration. We choose a theme, then take it in turns to start a book, then pass it to the other to fill the next spread, then back again. There are now ones on the garden, household objects, toys, teapots, Australian animals (still a work in progress) and this one, on Australian landscapes. (Click here to see more about these.) The books are small, 15 x 9.5 cm when closed. The first ones were bought, then later on we started making them ourselves – this is one I made and has four spreads on the inside and three on the outside. Much of our inspiration comes from the Australian outback which we both love and visit whenever we can. Nearly all the images are watercolour except for the very first one I did which is a monoprint.
Working in loose watercolour, and painting landscapes are not my natural area of comfort, so this was a book I struggled with initially, but came to really enjoy by the end. It was a very nice way to actually remember places that I had visited.
The exhibition will feature a wall of the portraits, the concertinas and a few of our individual artworks. Sue and I work in very different ways, yet our collaborations have been very harmonious! Below the photos of the pages you will see a flyer for our exhibition – we will promote it closer to the time, but anyone who will be in Sydney at the end of February will be very welcome!