Water Missing (but not for long!)
by Brodie Goozee
Now to try the 'sea-bit'!
I have only been painting for less than a year, and have a tremor which means I have to paint with two hands. I have played with 'deserts' because water was too hard to get the light right that was until I stumbled across Mark's work.
I love his constant reference to 'illusion' that magical essence that is missing in photos, the line between reality and fantasy. His teaching methods are succinct and passionate. The knowing that a painting can look lost and unworkable but with careful consideration and understanding light, keeping the belief that the wanted outcome will happen has been cathartic.
The Australian light is unique, crisp and almost unbelievable, fake, but that's what makes his work inspiring. I love the 'shadow-light' that breaks through his foliage and that dry-brush glaze over the back of the waves that turns them into water like a magic wand.
As a teacher he is to having fun with paint what Robin Williams was to literature in The Dead Poet's Society.
Buy his DVD's because it is his living and not much to pay for all his techniques which are not 'tricks' they are talent.