Flat and Grippy, Not Steep and Slippy #7

Flat and Grippy, Not Steep and Slippy #7

Size: 21 x 14.5cm

Medium: Pencil and gouache on hot pressed 100% cotton rag paper.

Year made: 2020

Available: Unframed only 


About the series: Flat and Grippy, Not Steep and Slippy


In May 2020 I spent a day exploring Girraween National Park, near Stanthorpe, Queensland. Sitting on top of Castle Rock at 1112m above sea level, I felt lucky to have my sketch book to keep me busy as I had just discovered that I am unexpectedly afraid of heights. While trying to muster the courage to walk back down I worked on a series of drawings on thick cotton rag paper.  Some pages were pre-painted back in my studio with bold gouache shapes. 


The series was named after a catching jingle made up on the day by my boyfriend, which I repeated to help me get back down from the mountain. I was convinced I would slide right off the steep rock faces we had to walk along but in reality I had nothing to fear as they were "flat and grippy not steep and slippy”. Turns out it was all in my mind. Fear is funny like that.


These artworks are sold separately. 

The paper is card-like, 300 gsm thick, acid free and  archival quality.

The back of the artwork is signed by the artist.

This artwork can be displayed at any orientation.


Artist copyright Katie Whyte.