ARTIST'S STATEMENTS


LYDIAíS ARTIST STATEMENT

I love to paint Ė and spend every spare minute in my Newcastle studio Ė starting, finishing and thinking about art and paintings. I normally have 5,6 or more paintings, on-the-go, at any one time. Some will need a few finishing touches before being signed while others will need a major paint-over, a new start or, quite often, a binning.

I always paint to music and usually select two or three C Dís that fit my mood and whatever Iím working on. At the start itís usually Bach or Mozart but as I progress and the painting and my mood changes, I often play some favourite Operas or, quite often, Jazz or Rock and Roll.

I rarely set out to create a painting with social or political messages. I just paint because I love to; because there is so much out there that I want to express differently, boldly, colourfully. But until Iíve connected with my music and made my first marks I have no idea where I could be heading.

I usually start by making marks with different brushes or, quite often, a favorite knife or knives. The first strokes are usually bold and often in acrylic; but then, as the painting evolves I let the painting tell me what I need do. As the acrylic dries, I usually go through a re-think before finishing with oils and whatever other materials may be needed.


AN ART JOURNALISTS COMMENTS ON SOME RECENT WORKS

"Lydia doesnít mimic the music she hears instead she allows it to connect with her emotively, enriching her with its creative energy and transferring itself onto the canvas. Paintings such as Coastal Abstraction and Flooded River drip and pour into each. Hollow greys and startling yellows muddy into warm earthy tones creating landscapes that rise and roll across her canvas."

"Lydia's 'SEA FEVER' paintings whip and dance to the silent sound that echoes through her palette. String Quartet and Symphony 91 summon images of Miller orchestrating her brushes as a conductor does a baton, willing the intangible to become substantial and visible to her audience."

"With great skill she weaves highly exotic threads of colour into dark moody hues of contemplation and abstraction."

"In contrast Pink Improvisation and Untitled I, burst like springtime buds lit up by the sizzling Australian sun, exploding and resonating in hot pinks, bleeding reds and shocking citrus."



 
Quick links to galleries
9 LANDSCAPES
11 SEASCAPES
14 FLORA & FAUNA
15 STILL LIFE
16 PORTRAITS
26 RECENT WORKS