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Ocean Alchemy in Gold

Alchemy: the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir. Wikipedia/bing

It's taken me four years to develop this beautiful signature mixed media technique that captures the textures and colours of the ocean combined with natural abstract compositions.

In the mid 1890's my Great Grandfather, Alexander Morrison left the shores of bonny Aberdeen in Scotland. A pioneer, he sailed across treacherous oceans to Australia in search of gold and a new beginning.

His heart was full of hope, trepidation and I would imagine, a certain amount of fear!

Stories of my great grandfather and my love of the theory of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, creating beauty in brokenness, Inspired my Ocean Alchemy paintings.

 

Incorporating the colours and rhythms of the ocean, gold and using the concepts of Kintsugi, that is hope and healing, I have created this new technique featuring gold leaf, layers of watercolours, inks, acrylics and ground natural pigments and Australian ochres.

This nine-step process involves loose pigments sourced from the Australian coastline, inks, watercolours, acrylics and gold leaf in layers which creates a double chromatic effect.

 

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