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Luminosity of life from the easel of a Grey Nomadic Artist

BY Kathryn Coller | 25-May-2021
En plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors. What better way to capture the everchanging mood and atmospheric conditions than to paint what is seen directly onto canvas? It is living in the present moment. It can involve idyllic conditions where life literally stands still as the artist immerses in the scene. However weather and global pandemics can have other agendas. An award-winning Brisbane artist, Barbara Vivash takes us on her journey through landscapes and life events in a mesmerizing exhibition to be showcased at Redcliffe, Queensland during June and July 2021.
Venue: Redcliffe Art Society Inc Old Fire Station Gallery
Address: Redcliffe Art Society and Old Fire Station Gallery. 395 Oxley Avenue
Date: from Wednesday 9 June to Sunday 4 July 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00pm
Ticket: FREE
Web: www.redcliffeartsociety.com.au
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Luminosity of life from the easel of a Grey Nomadic Artist
"Quiet Life at Russell Harbour"
From a painting from Barbara Vivash
Photo provided by the artist
Barbara Vivash's pandemic-enforced-retirement resulted in embracing the idea of the Grey Nomad and resuming a career in acrylic easel painting. Hence with ‘Blue Sky’ [ the name of their caravan] in tow, she and her partner embarked on journeys to Cania Gorge, and Waterfall Way on an image hunt. Although Ms. Vivash relishes the spontaneity of plein-air, environmental conditions are often prohibitive – pelting rain or excessive heat (35° in the shade). Consequently, if impossible to sit for hours in situ, she takes photos and spongelike, absorb the colours and the interlocking forms of the scene.

Barbara’s work reflects a love of light on water – a form that can be both revealingly crystal clear or deep and luscious with elusive shadows and unpredictable movement. Her canvas work demonstrates her joie de vivre exploring the microcosm of rock pools – the sucking, muddy profusion of the mangroves and obelisk- like rocks in wild outcrops. It remains evident that Nature informs her work, whether a finely tuned painting or a quick in situ sketch.