‘ROCKPOOL’ evolved from a combination of imagination, memory, and many rock hopping moments around the local rock pools of the Northern Beaches. With flowing integrated bands of paint and spontaneous automatic markings Candyss describes a memory of an area and a passing through landscape. In this painting ‘ROCKPOOL’ Candyss paints the experience of gazing into the rockpools and a day at the beach. The many shells and sea creatures at the bottom of the rock pools creating colourful pops of colour in the dark water, the ocean depths, fish darting through crystal clear water and the colours of the rocks and sand.
Characterised by many layers of oil paint, the process involves multiple glazes and thick impasto, blended in an intuitive and expressive style. It is scratched and etched, marked and rubbed, built up and scraped down, until the painted areas give way to a detailed yet almost weathered effect.
“I aim to produce eye-catching and unusual abstract seascapes, with newly mixed colour using iridian pigment which refracts light, and lots of texture and automatic markings. I use layers of paint that merge instinctively and scratch and paint symbolic elements such as fish, seaweed, shells, sand and clouds across the sky reflected in the rock pools. In this LOST HORIZONS series the sea and horizon often merge as one. What I love to create and what I would like the viewer to feel is that sparkle in summer that you feel during at day at the beach and the magic of sea life – the playfulness, warmth, timelessness, calm and connection you feel by peering into the rock pools.”