Acrylic Painting workshop. Devonport Tasmania, July 2017


I like to encourage people to be bold and free in their art. I do love sometimes working with carefully drawn and rendered illustration but I find the freer ways more exciting and challenging, and also more playful. So, for this workshop, we will be a bit on the wild side…. painting with hands (not just fingertips but the side and heel of the palm), using palette knives, paint shapers, sticks, plastic shapes and occasionally a paint brush. We will use paint lightly at times but contrast that with impasto and juicy modelling compound. or texture mediums.

More details about the workshop on the tuition page.

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EARTH MOTHER Abstracted acrylic with some modelling compound. Paint applied with various tools.

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STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL. Tarkine Coast. Texture medium, palette knife and brush work. SOLD

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UNLEASHED (Tarkine Coast). Modelling compound, air brush, acrylic inks, acrylic paint, palette knife and brush work. 

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Corvus Tasminica over Papavum Somnifera, (Ravens over the Opium Poppy Fields ), Palette knife and broad brush work inspired by Van Gogh’s art. SOLD

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DIMINUTIVE FIGURES, OCEAN BEACH< STRAHAN. A quieter, smoother style of working with thinner paint using acrylic medium. Paint applied with hands and taklon brushes. SOLD

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The Oriental Vase, impasto technique using the palette knife with texture medium added t the paint. SOLD

Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness…. Art


2017 was the third year of a gathering of creative people (about 150 artists) in Tasmania’s Wilderness…… Takayna (the Tarkine), on the rugged West Coast. This unique area should be offered more protection by affording it National Park status, not to “close” it to visitors but to maintain its environmental and heritage values so that future generations can enjoy it as we do. Art is a language which we hope will give more insight into the inherent value of Tarkayna.

An exhibition of works is currently on display at the Long Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania showcasing artworks created. These are my entries in that exhibition , along with the promotional invitation

“South of Temma”, Acrylic, charcoal and sumi ink on colour fix paperSouth of Temma smaller file

“Coast”, Encaustic

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3 sets encaustic bracelets and matching pendants…. all SOLDEncaustic art in jewellery settings

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“Tarkine Treasure: Trowutta Arch“, pigment ink on Vellum, miniature. SOLDTarkine Treasure Trowutta Arch

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“Turmoil”, encaustic. Turmoil

“Unleashed”, acrylic on stretched canvasOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fine art originals (encaustic paintings) in jewellery settings. “Day’s End”. SOLDWearable art Day's End

Fine art originals (encaustic paintings) in jewellery settings. “Sarah Ann Rocks”. SOLDWearable art Sarah Ann Rocks

Fine art originals (encaustic paintings) in jewellery settings. “Rain Forest”. SOLDWearable art Rainforest

Serendipity… encaustic painting


Every year Tasmanian Regional Arts has a themed competition open to female artists. This year’s theme was Serendipity (entry was in 2016 for the 2017 exhibition). I am proud that for the fourth year in a row I am one of the finalists with a work titled “Les Femmes”. Accompaning the work is an artist’s statement, addressing the theme.

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“SERENDIPITY”. My favourite word.

In my art serendipity is perennially evident…. the flow of wet in wet watercolour, spattering, spraying and working in partnership with the medium to see what evolves. Fluidity and serendipity…. they go hand in hand in much of my creative, non-illustrative, art. With my students I also encourage them to be brave, go with the flow and enjoy the serendipity of some styles of art.

I have worked with encaustic waxes with the little craft iron in craft work for a few years but this year went to a workshop in NSW to do larger works on board with encaustic medium brushed on and using a flame (heat gun), incorporating oils, and even setting fire to shellac on the surface. “Art-alchemy” and what wonderful fluidity and serendipity as forms emerge out of the coloured, molten surface. A degree of control, decision making about scraping back and other approaches but enjoying the serendipitous nature of this new medium.

In this work, “Les Femmes”, female forms emerged….. …….2016, an exciting new, fluid medium, suggestion of female, and the theme of Material Girl….. serendipity indeed!!!!

Post Script…. unfortunately TRA will cease due to cut in government funding. Sad for the art world of our tiny island state.

Art and Science (published article)


My Friday afternoon art class currently has primarily people who have worked in various Science fields. I too was a maths/Science teacher, so often our conversation turns to discussions related to Science and of course, art. One of the ladies, Caroline Smith, wrote this article for Earth Song. She conveys my thoughts very well….. primarily that observation is the key linking factor but the method of/purpose behind recording those observations changes.

I was so proud that of all the excellent articles with art work in this issue of Earth Song, my painting was chosen for the cover. The bird is painted reasonably accurately (within the limitations of a very rough textured watercolour paper) while the interpretative background is painted freely, incorporating spattering, blowing paint trails and energetic use of a rigger brush.

 

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New… silk miniature in Tasmanian Huon Pine Porthole frame


Tasmania is an island. The first white settlers came by sea so a porthole format for presenting artworks seems to me to be connected with our history. I have chosen that shape for my latest creation, collaborating with an expert wood craftsman, Bruce Hays. I wanted Tasmanian timber surrounds in which to present my watercolour on silk miniatures. Originally they were to be pendants but I decided on brooches or, in this case, with a small timber back stand attached so it is free standing.

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This prototype,  inspired by the greens of our Northwest Coast of Tasmania (especially at present after all the rain), is in a Houn pine frame

Art Edit Magazine… web inclusion


These works are featured on Art Edit website. all are for sale. Please msg me if interested  or phone Australia (61)       0419282673 FOR PRICES AND DETAILS GO TO Art Edit magazine and find my page.……. easy link, click the previous text. There you will also find details… sizes etc.

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0419 282 673   If you are interested in purchasing any of these artworks, contact the artist

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X-Thusiast Featured Photographer Laurie Davison: Chasing Waterfalls in Tasmania


My favourite waterfall photographer.

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Remote Area, NE Tasmania” by Laurie Davison, taken with Fujifilm X-T1 + XF10-24mmF4

We are excited to introduce Laurie Davison as the next X-Thusiast featured photographer for October 2016.

Hailing from North West Tasmania, Laurie enjoys capturing the hidden depths of nature along the Western Tiers and Tarkine wilderness with his Fujifilm X-T1 and, more recently, X-T2.

Let’s start with the basics: Where is home? What are your hobbies? What inspires you from day to day?

My home is the North West of Tasmania. There, my hobbies include amateur radio, bushwalking and of course, photography. My inspiration mainly comes from the beauty of nature and adventurous bushwalks, especially rainforests, mountain streams and waterfalls.

How did you develop an interest in photography? How did you learn and develop your craft?

I have always had an interest in photography but it never really took off until after the workload…

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