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Detail of Sweet Retreat by Nicole Fearfield
Detail of Sweet Retreat by Nicole Fearfield
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Sweet Retreat Painting

Nicole Fearfield

Australia

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 30 W x 24 H x 1.6 D in

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This expressive, energetic painting was made after an early morning hike in local bushland near my studio at Mt Coot-tha. I like to stop and absorb the energy of the area I am in - the wind, the movement of animals and insects darting about. There's a bustling sort of energy there, even on quiet mornings. I chose to use a palette of deep reds, violets and pinks and expressively laid the paint down in thin washes and thick scrapes, making energetic marks with brushes and other mark making tools. I used graphite and coloured wax to move the eye around the canvas with marks, and oils for thicker strokes and texture. I titled this painting Sweet Retreat after the way it feels to be in nature. This painting is on a beautiful Wright & Co professional quality canvas, substantial in weight and a delight to paint on. It comes varnished for protection and is ready to hang.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 24 H x 1.6 D in

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Nicole Fearfield’s paintings are energetic explorations of her connection to people and place. They spark a rich and personal dialogue of opportunities taken, places ventured, the conscious choices we make in designing our life. Nicole’s introduction to abstraction was as a teenager when her family built a home directly across from the site of master abstractionist, Ian Fairweathers’ hut on Bribie Island, Australia. The impact of being in such close proximity to this place wasn’t felt until many years later when she discovered her own love of abstract painting. Intent on capturing the felt experience of time spent in a place, her goal is not to reproduce a scene, rather the emotional enjoyment of spending happy times in the company of loved ones. Articulating the energy of a place or event is especially interesting to her, the way light resonates across the land or sky, altering and energising all living things it touches. Applying paint in areas of thick impasto and thin glazes, Nicole layers the canvas to provide a rich history. Her colour palette is often chosen instinctively, beginning with a dark hue before choosing its complement, intentionally mixing a sophisticated colour palette to create seductive greys and harmonise the painting. Exciting marks, harmonious colour, depth and spaciousness are all hallmarks of her finished pieces. She says “The work always lets me know when it’s ready, my job is to pay attention to the call”. 2022

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