Silk painting using watercolour technique. Watercolour technique on silk was the perfect medium to depict the emotional response to raging fire.
I wish I could get to Hobart for the opening of the Tarkine in Motion exhibition tomorrow evening. Artworks evolving out of 70 artists responding to Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness will be on display at Hobart’;s Long Gallery until 4th February 2016. (50 of the 70 artists exhibiting in the is huge display).
Tasmania is fairly small yes, but it is about a 4 hour drive each way from our home to Hobart, so it is not as easy as non Tasmanian’s might think to “pop down” to our capital city.
I have already delivered some works to be hung but I have seen mine…. I really want to see those of everyone else. We will get down for bump out…. hopefully before others start collecting their treasures.
As you will see from these images of 4 of the 5 works I sent to be considered for inclusion, I was drawn, as usual, to the coast, the raw energy, the water movement and especially the rocks.
Geo-artscape, Sarah Anne Rocks. Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Red Lichen, Acrylic on Colourfix
The Calm Belies the Turmoil. Acrylic on stretched canvas
The preliminary photo from Dan Broun of setting up looks good. A treasure trove of photography, painting, printmaking and jewellery…. and there will be floor talks. There have already been a number of musical and film performances which have been presented to enthusiastic audiences in Hobart. We want to save this last bit of Gondwanaland with its rich indigenous heritage rather than have it destroyed by logging and mining. Ironically, at present, much is under bushfires started by dry lightening strikes. Lets hope, at least, the old rainforest is not damaged too much. We so desperately need rain
While busy at this time of year restocking and going to events, I have managed to complete some of the commissioned work and have sent a couple off to their new homes. The watercolour above went to live in NSW yesterday. I have previously done a “Fly Fishing Tasmania” in a landscape format and reproduced it on fridge magnets. The challenge for this commission was to create a similar feel in a portrait format, making sure to capture the sense of light.
This encaustic pendant, inspired by the skies of Aurora Australis, will be off to USA to match the bangle bought by a lovely lady visiting Hobart on a cruise. I also need to do a silk bracelet for her to match a pendant she bought. I have done 3 paintings for it but none are quite a close enough match so I will work on that again today.
At the craft Fair I had some small matted watercolours of my “Ladies Day Out” loose style figures. These are based on Robert Wade’s “Bob’s Blobs” which I so loved when I attended a watercolour workshop with him years ago. I really enjoy doing these and the instructions for this were…… 3 friends dressed in red, yellow and purple. I did 3 works (all have been collected…. this was a practise), so the “three amigos” will each have one. What a lovely idea for an original Christmas gift for special friends.
I tend to get a bit anxious about things…. even when I don’t know I am…. and my bp goes sky high. But sitting in the studio playing with floating watercolours on paper helps return my body to a less stressed state.
Although one of these works started from a photo reference, hence the view to the volcanic plug ( The Nut,Stanley, NW Tasmania), the other is purely from the imagination. This way of working encourages more play as you are not aiming for it to represent anything in particular…. just enjoying the experience and letting the painting flow out of the brush. I start with the suggestion of a sky then each successive mark is in response to the previous one. Limited palette of 2 or 3 colours so little decision making. They are small works so I can watch the whole image evolve at once and judge timing and water content. (both are for sale at $50AUD each
These have both now been SOLD.
This is in response tothe blog of http://judithlesleymarshal.com who has been writing on her blog about colour…. rainbows.
I wish you all a wonderful end of 2014 …. whether you follow the religious reason for Christmas, enjoy the gift giving and hype, use it as a time to relax or to party, or to catch up with friends and family. there is something there for everyone, so I hope you like my happy little bit of frivolity in these cards which I did to share with FB and blogging friends.