Christmas is coming…. designing cards


I have been having fun designing Christmas Cards.

Fun time of year! Yes I know it is early… but design, print, market…. it all takes time!

Both are watercolours. “Chatterbox Wren” is a photo of a watercolour I did from a photo i took of a very young Superb Blue Wren making such a racket chirping on the roof. I edited the photo of the painting to add the Santa hat and wording.

blue wren Christmas 2

The idea for the card below came about a couple of years ago when I was showing watercolour students how to paint a group of simple figures in the style of internationally renowned watercolorist, Robert Wade….. “Bob’s Blobs”. It was near Christmas and I love that red hat as a symbol of Christmas so voila!!!!! I have added red text since doing this little painting

Christmas

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“My” Tasmania…. voted in top 5 islands in the world!!!!! Photos of lesser known places


I love my island home, TASMANIA. I know it’s tops so really did not need to be told it is in the world’s 5 top islands but, I must say, it feels good to have it acknowledged by a top US magazine. Thanks, US Travel and Leisure, for confirming we have a real treasure here.

………….”Tasmania’s stunning landscape and wildlife have seen it voted into the world’s top ten islands – but it’s not the only one in Australia on the list
Tasmania has been named fourth in the world’s top-five islands by US-based Travel and Leisure magazine
Voters cited Tasmania’s fresh air, stunning landscapes, quirky fauna and good food among the state’s treasures
Almost 1.6 million people visited Tasmania between 2013 and 2014 – nearly double the population of the state
Tourism attractions include the vibrant capital Hobart, the stunning Bay of Fires and historic Port Arthur jail
The Apple Isle was left off a map of Australia featuring on the Commonwealth Games uniform earlier this year”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3153646/Tasmania-s-stunning-landscape-wildlife-seen-voted-world-s-ten-islands-s-not-one-Australia-list.html#ixzz3gKPKHEib
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Here are some of my photos. from the North/ North West of the state… basic camera and I am an ameteur  photographer but here in Tas anyone can take an OK pics. So many opportunities

sIMG_8164_2 copy 3 IMG_4099 DSC_1395 DSCF6511 DSCF6516 DSCF6770 DSCF6635 DSCF6788 DSCF6314 DSCF7161 DSCF7624 DSCF7319 DSCF4986 IMG_8578 IMG_1283the photo of Fagus at Cradle Mt was taken by my husband, Keith Antonysen. (sorry, no tripod for the sunset at Turners Beach}.  Apart from Keith’s and my waterfall one at Cradle Mt,  these are not of Tassie’s iconic tourist locations…. but photography and painting opportunities are everywhere. The last one is even taken out of the window of the moving car … highway view.

Birds in Watercolour


Those who follow my facebook page, Evelyn Antonysen at Forth Art Studio, will be aware that I am currently preparing for an exhibition of works on birds, “Wings”, to open mid-December. I have been posting some photos on my fb page but will also share them here. My initial degree was Science based asIi trained to be a Maths/Science teacher so scientific illustration has always been an interest. I love the careful observation and rendering but it art I also love freedom to go beyond accurate recording…. more of that looser style later. Most importantly, whatever style of presenting the image is adopted, the personality of the creature must be captured.

Wise?

Wise?

Superb Blue Wren preening

Superb Blue Wren preening

Wattlebird

Wattlebird

The most tricky of these 3 paintings was the wren as it’s form is not readily recognisable. Interesting I feel it is the one which captures the animal’s “personality” best…. perhaps because I watch them so much…. very entertaining and the males are so vain.

New off the easel… waterfalls in watercolour, flowers on silk and a Bittern.


Tumbling (Pencil Pine Falls)JPGGeo-art, Guide Falls The edge

Put together recent trips to some waterfalls and the free, Zen style, semi-abstract watercolours and it is no wonder waterfalls have flowed onto the canvas (well, watercolour paper actually). My aim is to depict the feeling of the cool misty water spray and the movement. I do so love water…. painting with it swimming in it, watching it.

The nasturtiums is a  silk painting, mostly done in a watercolour technique but some of the primary flowers have a rich gold gutta outline. This work is about colour, the joy of life and the tangled webs we weave. The stems of nasturtiums do twist and entwine and the plants themselves are so tenacious… hence the title of this work “Tenacity”.Tenacity

Coast Guard (Bittern)The bird, (a bittern), was done in preparation for my bird exhibition in December but this painting will head to see if it selected to hang in the Tasmanian Art Awards, at Eskleigh, before being shown in Burnie. This work is more carefully drawn and hints to my original degree in Sciences (but so too does the geology of the vertical waterfall painting with its basalt columns and polygonal jointing… Guide Falls, Burnie, Tasmania)

Sparrow photo edited


So a little time on Photoshop…. which I had not used since getting this Apple Mac as my PS5 was for PC. Now with PS6 for Mac OS for my birthday (thanks Keith), I can start to enjoy playing with my photos again. For this oneI removed the branch using my old faithful clone stamp then lightened a little around the eye area and beak with dodge/burn tool. I did try lightening with levels but of course lost detail in the feathers which I did not like. May do a painting of this little chap as I have been enjoying doing paintings of birds lately. He’s sweet even if just a common garden variety.sparrow

Enjoying Winter Sunshine


The temperature only reached 11 degrees C today but the sunshine was lovely. Late this afternoon a flock of birds decided to “sunbake” on our nectarine tree. With their feathers fluffed they looked much larger than our little summer sparrows. With no leaves on the tree it was easier to focus on one of them but I may edit with Photoshop to remove the branch next to the beak. It was good that the sun was shining from behind me so the eye shows clearly. Often when I photograph birds here they are in a position where they are silhouetted and the eye is not visiblesparrow 2

white faced heron; photo


white faced heron I love photographing birds but it is a challenge even if you do have all the “right” gear such as long telephoto lenses. But even though I only used a Fuji HS 10 I am happy with this image of the white faced heron taken while on our recent holiday at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. It is not just the bird but the almost abstract look of the sea behind with its strong contrasting colour which I find pleasing.
With the lens extended to maximum I used the rail along the boardwalk as a resting spot for the camera as I had not carried a tripod and holding the camera steady enough for sharp focus at 30x optical zoom is difficult. If you can cope with the slow processing times the Fuji HS 10 is great and as my physical ability to carry all my lovely Canon DSLR gear diminishes, I am resorting more to the portability of this little digital camera. It even has a manual focus ring like a true SLR for those times when you prefer not to use auto focus.