red – rouge – rot – rosso – rojo

I am having a love affair with red at the moment. Maybe it’s a winter thing.

As I indulge myself cruising around artstack, pinterest, and the bulging folders of artworks on my hard drive – works saved over many years, just-in-case – I notice my heart reaching out towards those pieces that are unashamedly vibrant with red, red, red – red a hundred ways; in every language red’s wild energy makes human beings stop, sit up, and most often, smile. (Oh yes, I’m aware of the connections this colour can have with anger and frustration, but for most of us, it’s the colour of life.) Here are a few favourites that get my smile muscles going and make my heart happy.


Henri Matisse - The Red Studio

Henri Matisse – The Red Studio, 1911

Museum of Modern Art, New York City


Colin McCahon - Ahipara,1970

Colin McCahon – Ahipara, 1970

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


Georgia O'Keeffe - Black Door with Red, 1954.

Georgia O’Keeffe – Black Door with Red, 1954

Chrysler Museum of Art, Ghent, Virginia


Deborah Barlow - Colasee

Deborah Barlow – Colasee


Fabienne Verdier - Shen (La Quintessence)

Fabienne Verdier – Shen (La Quintessence)


Jean Miro - Paysage

Jean Miro – Paysage

National Gallery of Australia


Diane Foug - Red

Diane Foug – Red


Mark Rothko - Untitled (Red)

Mark Rothko – Untitled (Red), 1958

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


Emily Mason - Slipped Beyond, 2009

Emily Mason – Slipped Beyond, 2009

lewallen contemporary art


Shane Drinkwater - Red 2

Shane Drinkwater – Red 2

on artstack

Do you have favourite red paintings? How do they affect you? If you’re an artist, do you work with strong reds?

I’ve only played with red in a small way – when I was working with dyes on silk. Oh the lustre of red silk! (Interestingly, one of those pieces won a National award.)

I can feel a reunion with RED coming on: watch this space.

blessed are the painters of the sublime light

Deborah Barlow: O R B I L I N I A



Deborah Barlow - Peridawna

Deborah Barlow, Peridawna, detail

Orbilinia is a series of abstract paintings that explores the nature of otherworldliness. Rarefied, meditative and serene, they hang together to round out a suggestive sense of celestial sanctuary and sacred retreat. Complex and meticulously layered, their atmospheric materiality shows no trace of brushes or traditional painting tools. Their surfaces grow by slow accretion similar to the way nature marks the land, with each layer exposing as well as veiling its elements.
– Orbilinia website


March 11 through March 16, 2013. An opening and artist reception will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 5-8PM.
The public is invited to attend.

Woodbury Museum
575 E. University Parkway N250
Orem UT 84097

Deborah Barlow
Slow Muse


JMW Turner - Sun Setting over a Lake

J M W Turner, Sun Setting over a Lake (c 18400)

Turner was supreme …  in his response to real places. In the notebooks and in the many watercolours of sites in Britain, Switzerland or Italy, he is able to see and to reveal to us something that all too often remains invisible before our very eyes: the wholeness and life of nature manifested in the light that dissolves all particular things into unity.
– Christoper Allen in The Weekend Australian

TURNER FROM THE TATE: The Making of a Master

To May 19
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace  Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8207 7000