Artist Georgette Thompson
Working as a graphic designer on a screen all day I love the freedom that painting gives me. Getting away from the screen and slowing down to allow time for the painting to mature at its own pace is a contrast I value. There is something exhilarating about not being able to push "undo", and to trust your instincts.
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, it is easy to be inspired by the dramatic landscapes around me. Capturing a landscape, portrait or slice of time so that we can continue to marvel at it, is truly rewarding.
I love to alternate between painting landscapes and portraits. I find that it reignites the excitement and the challenge of the subject. The process of building the layers of the painting and seeing how it evolves is as exciting as seeing the end result. Most of my works are inspired by my own photography.
This year I am planning to explore combining my painting with my ink characters. I am curious to see how colour and layers could bring these creations to life. I plan to also investigate new painting substrates, utilising various things I have collected over the years.
My fictional ink drawings are where I take down all barriers. I often start not knowing what I will draw at all. Starting with a random line or squiggle as if to say "Right, now what are you going to do with that?" From there I build what often turns out to be a crazy character.
There is something about going in 'ink first' no pencil, that I find so liberating. Mistakes become random tangents that you have to take the story down. I find this process very relaxing.
I am always happy to discuss commission ideas. Time frames vary depending on the complexity of the piece. If you have a particular date in mind, please inquire in advance as much possible.