Abstract painting - Alien landscape #1

Title: Alien landscape #1
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board
Dimensions: 83 x 62 cm
Painted: 2003

Number of hours to paint this artwork
The story behind

Alien landscape #1

Early in 2003, Bert had a small spaceship land in his backyard. He went out to investigate a strange cacophony of noise, a collection of whistles, whooshes and pops, a little after midnight on a Saturday night. At first, he couldn’t believe his eyes – a fuchsia colored disc with a central bulge – about five meters in diameter was descending from the sky.

When it landed a door popped open and out sprang a little alien that looked like a cross between a walrus and a parrot. That’s the only way it could to describe it. The funny looking alien spoke perfect English – “Hey Bert do you want to see something cool?” The answer was “Yes,” and Bert boarded the space ship.

They spaceship flew to the creatures home planet and entered an orbit where Bert was treated to the most spectacular view of the colorful planetary surface. Bert was provided with some art supplies and asked to paint what he saw. The process took either hours, days or weeks, Bert couldn’t be sure. A time came when the alien stood by Bert’s side and examined the painting for a while.
“That’s just perfect” the creature announced, “you’re a bloody good painter!”

Without saying any more, the alien headed for the spaceship controls and set a course for the planet Earth.


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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