Rainforest oil painting


I began by painting the rain forest in detail, each tree and rock clearly distinguishable against one another.

However, after my collage that I made with the photocopier within the Zine project, I wanted to break it up to represent my memory of the landscape, so I began applying the paint with a pallet knife, making certain areas a singular block colour and blurring out edges so it becomes difficult to tell where the trees/rocks begin and where they end. The bridge remains clear as it is one of my strongest memories in this place, and he splashes of blue across dotted around the whole canvas represent the blue Morpho Peleides butterfly that I fell in love with as I watched them fly around the trees and waterfalls.

To keep with the theme of my previous paintings, I have painted a small figure on the bridge, which is a strong memory I have, yet the features, sex, or height of the person is forgotten.

I particularly like the close ups of this image, the oil paint is applied on thickly and in a way, each close up seems like a mini abstract landscape all in itself.


Author: alannah3012l5

I am a landscape painter who enjoys spending free time exploring and wandering through natural landscapes, understanding that the space I occupy in this world is tiny and temporary. The aim of my paintings is to evoke the same sense of wonder in the viewer that I experience while on my travels and to ignite the realisation that compared to our surroundings, we are miniscule and blend in, we are not above, nor do we have any higher importance than any other being or thing on this planet. My large oil paintings are designed to be displayed outdoors after being inspired by Katherine Grosse in the Venice Biennale, making them appear small in their surroundings, much like the people in them and the people viewing them. However, my zines and watercolours require more attention, showing that even smaller details contain whole worlds and landscapes of their own. Depending on our own experiences we see the prints differently. The text along with the images encourage the viewer to see the same landscape I see.

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