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16x5s the elements

16x5s plein air watercolour studies I by Peter Scriven

Peter Scriven


16 x 5 s the elements plĂŠin air watercolour studies I by Peter Scriven

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The artists and philosophers of every major culture throughout history have understood that everything that we experience of this physical world is through our five senses. They also understood that the physical world is composed of a combination of five fundamental elements or Panchabutas (Sanskrit).

Earth (Privithi): We can touch and smell the earth. It is physical. The earth element exists at an atomic level as our body or this universe. Even our sense organs are composed of earth. As a whole it forms the shape of life (Jiva), while all life is perishable the fundamental atoms are not.

These elements are: ether (Akash), air (Vayu), fire (Agni), water (Ap) and earth (Prithvi). Each of these five elements has their own character, both eternal and perishable.

Our whole world proceeds from the active energy or Shakti, which first involves the mind and senses then these fivefold elements of matter. This innate understanding of these elements directly relates to our perception of the world, both physical and non-physical.

Ether (Akash): This element is unique in that it is only ever eternal. Ether is the carrier of sound whether it is man-made or otherwise. One can hear it and we experience it mainly through our sense organs, predominately our ears. Ether is also linked to the concept of divine sound (Akashvani). The primordial mantra AUM links the soul (Jivatma/ life force/ atman) to our omnipotent supreme soul (Paramatman). Air (Vayu): Appears in our breath or in the movement of air or the wind around us. We may feel the storm or strong breeze, which is temporary, while air at an atomic level remains around us eternally. Fire (Agni): The essential character of fire is to generate heat. The five important types of Agni are - the fire of the earth, the fire of the sky, fire of the stomach (which includes literal hunger and digestive power) as well as the fire we commonly use to warm our lives. There is also our inner fire that drives us as human beings. The fire to create, procreate and communicate. Water (Ap): Whether in the form of a river, pond or cloud this element is in constant motion. Perishable and impermanent, one moment the sea or river the water evaporates to form in the sky as cloud then comes back to earth in the shape of rain. Constantly fluid, we can touch it, taste it, feel it, and we are primarily composed of it, yet still water remains eternal.

It is said that our universe was created out of the manifestation of the five elements. It is also said that everything that we experience is by direct contact with the five elements. Our physical world and even our thoughts are composed of a combination these five elements. It is this theory of perception that flows through my paintings. These five elements (air, water, fire, earth and ether) can be distinguished in the fluid combination of watercolour on paper. My paintings are often an impressionistic, visual recording of at least one or more of the four first elements. The fifth element (ether) is hard to define both in life and in art. Nonetheless ether or spirit, as it is subtle, manifests in an understated and yet ubiquitous sense. Painted at least initially plĂŠin air, if not totally on-site, these paintings attempt to capture the transitory and mercurial patterns of light and physical form mixed with large measures of emotion. May you as the viewer be carried, as I was, to places beyond the mere physical. And finally the title 16x5s, this is a direct reference to the size each painting 16 x 5 inches or 40 x 13 cm. There can also be seen more than a passing nod to the golden mean. Or simply that they fit on an easy to carry A3 size watercolour pad.


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subtle ethereal intense light meditativesoft


air


tarawera - storm clouds ripping in from the south I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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wahanga, ruawahia, tarawera and the buried village I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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late afternoon sun glinting on mount tarawera I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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tarawera - clearing from the south I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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tarawera - a break in the clouds I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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makatiti dome late autumn light I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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adolescent days spent at colleges I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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blackwattle bay storm clouds I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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storm over a lama walk I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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summers end, storm clouds south of burleigh heads I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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byron storm I 2006 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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mid summers sun over somerset, still waters laze I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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d’aquilar valley mist rising I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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still now glides the stream I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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mist streaming up through the alps I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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rapid transitory ephemeral fleeting vigour


fire


sunset after full moon giri vallum triuvunamallai I 2013 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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trichendur murgan kollom midday sands I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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triprakumdum mala from AVN Ayoga madurai I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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sivagarmi sundari natraja temple kulum chidabaram I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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midday subramanya batu caves I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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friday afternoon at the madurai ashram kalut I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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cloud towers in the afternoon light - Angor Wat I 2012 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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radiant liquid translucent reflective fluid


water


above gordons bay, shadows below I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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wylies baths one summer morning I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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from the cliff top coogee I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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north from high on bronte headland I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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wattamolla falls at the edge of summer I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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rocky run looking south, east side LHI I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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across the lagoon LHI I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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mid-winter shadows slide across the sands I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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home bush for mid-winter shallow waders I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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south past lydgebird and gower to pinnacle rock I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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light fades on a marvelous day, shadows engulf the sands I 2012 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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la perouse bares teh island in a summer haze I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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jervis bay rocks and a hole in the wall I 2008 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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above garie I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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let’s go down to the sea again, the lonely sea and the sky I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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kings beach storm clouds I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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winter chill sweeps up woolloomooloo bay I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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cold water rushing, williams river barrington I 2008 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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going with the flow down the lions road I 2012 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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terra firma mercurial hard solid elemental


108 degrees in the shade, Smith Rock I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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driven to distraction by fly blown dinner I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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heart’s fortress blown by cold winds I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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blue mountains fortress I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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mount banks looks down across the grose I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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ant climbing mount buffalo on his bike I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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sublime view to a solitary midday light I 2013 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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deschutes river, oregon USA I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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across hothman to feathertop I 2009 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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sentinel pine in centennial park I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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quietude in the midst of suburbia I 2011 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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kholo bush idyll I 2012 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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mrs macquaries fig I 2012 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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ficus botanicus study I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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centennial park fig tree shadows I 2008 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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the domain steps I 2008 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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ni piwhawaka calls I 2006 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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port arthur mid winter’s afternoon I 2007 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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when we go down to the wolfy wood I 2010 watercolour on canson I size: 40 x 13cm


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~scapes: solo show, TAP Gallery 2006 Outloud, TAP Gallery Equinox shows, Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Michael Halder Gallery Cross art prize, TAP Gallery 16th birthday show, TAP Gallery Environmental Awards, TAP Gallery Wynne landscape prize entry, AGNSW

curriculum vitae

Amnesty International art prize, TAP Gallery Group exhibition, TAP Gallery Hunters Hill art prize, Hunters Hill Gallery Dobell drawing prize entry, AGNSW Blacktown art prize, Blacktown Art Gallery Group exhibition, Glebe Town Hall Various festival and competition entries, Australia and Denmark 20 plus years of design/ advertising industry experience as senior creative/designer/ art director Illustrator/ designer with Cliff Sheldrake Illustrations, Brisbane Life drawing TAP Gallery Life drawing with Petros Hovaghimian, Glebe Various workshops in multi-media, drawing and creativity Diploma of Art majoring in graphic design from Queensland College of Art now Griffith University, Brisbane Works hanging in private collections in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, USA, United Kingdom and Denmark, as well as public institutions in Queensland.

Peter Scriven artist I creative m: +61 407 44 08 28 e: peter.scriven@gmail.com w: trishulcreative.com.au


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