Art Fair Preparation…. watercolours


I have been taking my art to theTasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine in Tasmania for more than 10 years. Although I sort of know what to do, I always find that towards the end I am coming up with heaps of ideas but not enough time to act on them. Not as many watercolours this year but I do probably have  enough (except for flowers), and today I have been cutting matts, wrapping in cello (close fitting bags when possible) and pricing (now that is tricky). Hint: re cellophane…. I always use the top quality PR range as it is crystal clear and sturdy. Here are a few of my latest watercolours ready to go to new homes. (available as early bird purchase)

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Loose style figures add life and umbrellas are great for colour. As the artist you can choose whatever colour umbrellas you want. I love the way the lady in the yellow jumper looks a little cautious in the wet, while the lady is the green jacket does not seem to worry.

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I used the cling wrap technique here to get some of the light patterns. Throw colours on, use the wrap.remove and decide what it wants to be. I love this imaginative style of working as you never know what will emerge from the surface.

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I visited Melbourne this year in late Autumn, early Winter, hence this street scene and the rainy day umbrella ones. I want to go back again for more inspiration. The flickers of white (unpainted  spots of the paper’s rough surface (300gsm Saunders Waterford rough), suggest sunlight.

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Another rainy day in Melbourne, and another loose style watercolour with flickers of light. SOLD

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Back in Tasmania for this one. My beloved Tarkine Wilderness Coast (Nelson Bay). We stayed for a couple of nights at Arthur R. This was the first evening, it had been raining but on sunset the sky cleared for a while and lovely soft sunset colours said “peace”.

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Goblins and fairies…. mischief in the garden


Mischief in the garden

Mischief in the garden

Where are the fairies?

Hiding…. but there is a little goblin hand coming around the stem from the left.

So there is!

I can see one of his hands.

He is hiding, must be scared.

The more I look at this the more I see my little fellow crouching a bit and clinging for dear life onto the fungi stem. I see an elongated rectangular shape, greenish head with a tuft of orange hair and his right leg bent at the knee as befits his overall clinging or climbing up position. Then on the other side a little fellow has his short right arm stretched up as he curves his body a little to his left. It is like looking at cloud patterns. Imagination running wild, all because of Anne’s comment re fairies.

That’s just brilliant!

Thanks for reading my weird ramblings re the “goblins”.

Love em!

He is totally there, the naughty critter has ripped the hem of the fairy’s lavender dress. She is sitting under the toadstool.

Clever you noticing that….. yes very naughty. And such a pretty dress it was.

ah but the little hedgepig on the right is even naughtier cos he was looking up her dress….

What a place of mischief is our garden.

………… the above is a discussion that evolved from my simple photo of a garden fungi I posted on Facebook. What a delight that social media can cause such enjoyment and evolution of an imaginative story