The Rains

Welcome to Monday Mornings. Each week there’s a new featured canvas to meet and learn more about. Check out the original artwork, the Messy Bags that came from it and get a little insight into its personality via the Listening, Watching, Scrolling section. 


This week let me introduce you to The Rains. It was painted early February, 2020 on a gloomy, overcast day. In Far North Queensland summer means the wet season. The clouds get big and fat and heavy and the rain falls from them for hours, days, even weeks on end.

I chose to start this new series with this canvas as I think it’s easily over looked. I LOVE this canvas! It’s fun and bright and cheerful. It’s the opposite of what inspired its creation and I get a kick out of its deliberate contrariness. This was maybe one of the quickest canvases I’ve finished this year. I love its heavy and fast brush strokes, naive, childlike shapes and the colourful bubbles floating among the large rain clouds. The detail on this canvas was quite large, intentionally, so each bag only has a small piece of the cloud and rain storm on it. Cutting a canvas up and seeing where all the shapes end up and how they transform and turn into something altogether different is my favourite part of the process.




WATCHING: Bloodline. Slow burn, cinematography that feels like it lingers a beat too long, my favourite kind of show.

LISTENING TO:  American Scandal, Season 10, the Enron Scandal. I don’t know what I thought Enron was but it was by listening to American Scandal Season 4 about the Exxon Valdez that I realised I always mixed them up. Enron = a fraudulent energy company, Exxon = the oil tanker. Both sound like terribly dull subject matter but Lindsay Graham, the host, could read me the phone book and I’d be hooked.

SCROLLING: Violet Tinder If you like colour, like, A LOT, the 80s, food and fancy drinks, this one is for you.


See ya next week!