FLIK, IN HER ELEMENT
Events on the ASP Women’s Star Series are held in many different countries. This year we competed in Australia, Europe, Peru and America and at the back end of the Series I had enough time between comps to road trip with friends through France, Spain and Portugal. It was great. The scenery was breathtaking, the people friendly and experiencing the different cultures was amazing. The Series has come to an end for this year and my boards will be racked at home in Australia for a while now, so I’ve been enjoying experimenting with my artwork and trying to expand my knowledge of inks and watercolours.
Inks and watercolours have always been my favourite mediums and I draw a lot of my inspiration from the ocean. Whales are my favourite things to paint. They are so beautiful and graceful the way they glide through the ocean and the use of watercolours and inks creates the fluidity of their movement through the water. More recently, I have been broadening my art media to include working with clay. My Dad is really skilled in clay sculpture and he has encouraged me to find ways to bring my ocean influences to ceramic pieces. He reminded me that about four years ago I had made a collection of small plaster casts of the patterns in the sand at a local beach just down the road from my house, so I hunted them out and came up with the idea of using them to form unique surfaces on coffee mugs. I found working with clay incredibly hard at the start, but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed making the mugs. The use of my plaster casts and the addition of shell imprints on the mugs created the beach effect I wanted and I was pretty pleased with the way they turned out.
No matter what medium I am working with my inspiration always comes from the ocean and I love to use blue in my paintings. I am most comfortable working with watercolours and inks because they allow me to create a fluid, translucent image on paper that invokes the ocean and brings together my love of art and my love of surfing.
I share the love of art and the love of surfing with my Dad. When he was 17 he decided that clay was the medium he wanted to work with and he has been using it to create wonderful ceramic pieces ever since. He now creates quite large, wheel thrown, porcelain vessels that are as delicate as eggshells and perfectly balanced on small bases. The ceramist Pippin Drysdale, who is internationally acclaimed, glazes the vessels in colours inspired by her love of the Australian landscape which gives each piece a unique colour and pattern.
Many years ago another famous Western Australian potter, Joan Campbell, attributed Dad’s ability to throw a large pot that was perfectly balanced to the fact that he had acquired an uncanny sense of balance through years of surfing. Perhaps she was right. He’s an amazing surfer and his passion and enthusiasm for the ocean and surfing has been a huge influence in my life and, like art, it’s a great bond we share.
Much Love, Felicity Palmateer