The artist had a passion for the Australian bush, and he had the perfect opportunity to study the night skies from his home. When one lives in the spacious Australian countryside, away from the crowded city, there is nothing greater than observing a starry, winter sky.
The main focus in this painting is the little, tree-framed cottage. The artist has placed it just off centre in order to create interest and tension.
The yellow-green colour of the environment surrounding the cottage is encircled by harmonious, darker blues and greens. The yellow-green gives energy to the painting and may represent the reflection of the moon. Perhaps an outside light has been switched on, and unnatural light is shining on the house and gardens.
The artist has ‘stippled’ the entire painting with coloured dots that represent stars. They reflect in the water and lead the viewer’s eye around the canvas. They keep the painting ‘fluid’.
Attention has been paid to detail on the house, and it appears that there are human forms in the garden. Perhaps they are roaming around the cottage trying to find the best star gazing spot?
The techniques used in this painting are similar, in some aspects, to those used by Post-Impressionist artist, Vincent van Gogh. The mood is an interesting one, and it would not be difficult to imagine hearing the call of a night bird, or gentle music flowing from inside the cottage.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)