The beginnings of this drawing lie in the camping trip I did last year to far western New South Wales, in particular Broken Hill. I took dozens of photos of the plants and flowers I found, as well as drawing as many as I could. When I started this drawing the inspiration was a sprawling shrub with dull green leaves and purple flowers, an unexciting photo, but the essence of it gave some of the structures that appeared in this drawing. That plant was consumed very quickly by the drawing taking on a new life entirely, there are no remnants left. As often happens with my drawing new elements emerged – there are hints of birds and insects as well as petals and leaves and this led to the title, Oracle. Bringing in colour intensified these forms.
It was entered into the Ewart Art Prize, with some trepidation, and to my relief it was juried in, then to my astonishment and delight found yesterday that it had been awarded First Prize for Drawing! This is significant to me, as I feel this drawing is a new development in the abstract works I have been gradually building over the last few years.
Below are four detail images. The base drawing was done in Liquid Pencil, using an old, ratty brush to make loose marks, on yupo paper, then finished with Caran d’Ache coloured pencils.