Those who follow my art know that I love all media… especially fluid ones that allow a painterly approach. But I have also taught some photography, have good gear and love taking photos. Recently I was asked to take a workshop to help people get more familiar with their camera and the possibilities it offers for creative art. I talked of the usual dof, aperture, iso etc. Towards the end I introduced them to the idea of creative post processing. such fun. Yesterday my children’s class were asking about how they could do some abstracts. They are good at drawing/copying what is in front of them but are ready to explore more. A perfect opportunity to share my digital “play”. The question is though… are these images realism or abstraction? I hate labels sometimes.
So I decided to post 3 images that show the joy of discovery with our amazing cameras and basic editing on Apple Mac photos. I did not even use Lightroom or Photoshop and used only a JPEG file not a RAW file. The fun is in the “creative play”, decision making and discovery.
Original digital photo…. Bull Kelp, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania
Edited in “photos”….. exposure, colour, levels adjusted then rotated. That is when I discovered the mask.
Image cropped to focus on the “mask”. A digital voyage of discovery.
“Mask in the kelp”…. was masked n the original image although now when I look back it keeps jumping out at me even in that photo.
Working loosely is difficult for many of us,. We are so used to drawing and rendering carefully…. getting it right. But if you aspire to work in a more spirited way that suggests it is effortless and captures the essence, then I have some tips I will share. As an ex Science teacher majoring in environmental ScienceI, now visual artist who loves fluid media, really understand the dilemma.
I am happy to share this collection of 6 small works. I have become pretty slack at posting here, using my Facebook page instead, but as a number of people have recently commented that they don’t use Facebook, or find it frustrating, I will make an effort to post more frequently on my web site. So this is a catch up from a bit a over month ago. Commissioned works, traditional style of specific, recognisable locations. Now happily living in Queensland.
Bakers Beach, Narawantapu National Park SOLD
Mt Roland, cloud cloaking the western face, Sheffield SOLD
Goat Island, Penguin Coast Rd, Ulverstone SOLD
Hawley Beach SOLD
Cradle Mt, done as part of my artist’s residency, October 2017 SOLD
Cradle Mt is not Tasmania’s tallest mountain but it is an icon. Located at the Northern end of the Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park, the dolerite peaks tower above Lake Dove (Lake St Clair is down the Southern end of the reserve, a five day trek which many walkers enjoy but which must be approached with good planning due to the very variable weather which may be experienced).
I enjoy painting our Tasmanian landscape, showing here the hard edged dolerite crags and the muted greens of the alpine vegetation. Typically there is cloud or mist encroaching from the west (right hand side) and often visitors are disappointed to find the mountain has “disappeared” . But this was a clear day so the majesty of “The Cradle” and Little Horn could be fully enjoyed.
Cradle Mt on a Clear Day, watercolour 2017, 36x26cm SOLD
Here is that mist that encroaches from the west.
A Whisper of Misty cloud (Cradle Mt), watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx) SOLD
….. and a hint of Autumn Colour from further along the walk.
A Hint of Autumn at Cradle Mt, watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx)
My most frequented subject for my art over many years has been the coast.
I love living on the coast. I can sit and watch the waves roll in for hours. I have painted many other subjects…. recently geological inspired works, but even that was often rocks along our coastline.
My most recent painting medium is encaustic. I love the fluidity of molten wax, I love the fluidity of the ocean. Combined…. encaustic painting with the coast as the inspiration is, for me, a “match made in heaven”.