Ripped Paddock

91 x 76 cms  1998

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It may not be apparent but this is the first of a number of paintings using a strongly contrasting very dark brown and white foreground.

A paddock ripped in preparation for vine trellising is a dismal site of destruction, but also a vista of structured mud and posts.

The two dogs are the 'black dog' and his brother, defining the vast space between foreground and background and relating it to the perspective of the white-tipped posts.

The paddock is on the flat landscape before Lake Alexandrina and Goolwa in South Australia.

Ripped Paddock