Glissando is an original oil painting of an abstracted landscape created using Ballard’s painting style called ‘Fragmatism’. The title is a pictorial response to the edges of the Hawkesbury River using the rhythm of a ‘glissando’. In music, a glissando is a glide from one pitch to another. It is an Italianized musical term derived from the French glisser, “to glide”. Moving along the river edges feels much like this, as you glide between bushland and water.
FROM THE ‘DEERUBBIN’ SERIES
The history of the Hawkesbury River runs deep and wide. Named the ‘Deerubbin’ by the traditional Aboriginal owners of the region, the Darag people, it still retains a sense of awe and wonder amidst much of its rugged terrain. It defiantly remains untamed in beauty and spirit. Like much of the Australian landscape, its rebellious nature and it’s unwillingness to be domesticated, is what makes this region one of New South Wales most captivating waterways. This work was inspired by the untamed landscape of the Hawkesbury River.