Abstract painting - Alien jungle #1

Title: Alien jungle #1
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 31 x 29 cm
Painted: 2017

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The story behind

Alien jungle #1

Bert Ernie started to notice the subtle changes as he walked along the path in the Yarra Glen forest on that fateful day in 2017. As he walked further into the woods, he would notice the appearance of the occasional odd looking and brightly colored tree.

Bert was curious and continued. He soon came to a small clearing, and then he realized that everything about the environment had changed. The forest could no longer be described as a forest – it was a brightly colored jungle. Even the sky above had turned – it was a mauve hue.

The jungle had all manner of strange creatures that had a similarity to Earth’s animals, but they were best described as mutants. Some creatures looked like small green dogs but had scales like a reptile. The pink colored birds had muscular legs and arms as well as large feathered wings. There was a creature that resembled an eight-legged horse, but it was multi-colored and had sharp looking horns all over its body.

As Bert stood there taking it all in an enormous creature that looked like a yellow-skinned Gorilla came charging out of the woods screaming and yelling in an alien language. Bert turned and ran back the way he had come. Thankfully the path took him back to planet Earth and his home in Yarra Glen.


Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.


  • Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
  • Flicking paint from a loaded brush
  • Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
  • Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
  • Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
  • Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
  • Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
  • Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
  • Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
  • Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
  • Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
  • Removing and smudging paint with a rag
  • Using a can of spray paint

Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.

Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.

From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.

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