The Lure of the Tarkine Coast


My exhibition of my favourite wild place in Tasmania is now on display at Burnie Rialto until 11 May. Watercolours, Acrylics and encaustic wax paintings. This is about half of the work, Some older, some new. The Lure of the Tarkine Coast,  Burnie  RIALTO, Tasmania 2019.

The Lure of the Tarkine Coast ARTIST”S STASTEMENT

In 2015 I was invited by photographer Dan Broun to be part of a contingent of about 80 artists working across a range of creative pursuits to respond to the unique Tasmanian Tarkine Wilderness. By raising awareness, the intention was to increase the likelihood of the area being made a national park. 3 subsequent events have been organised and resultant exhibitions have travelled Australia. Many of us return to immerse ourselves in the rawness of our stunning environment.

I am most drawn, as always, to the coast and Sarah Anne Rocks just south of Arthur R has a wonderful accessible coastal track.

The Tarkine has many moods…. from calm peaceful sunsets to wild seas unleashing their energy on the first bit of land encountered since leaving South America. Add brilliant red lichen, massive bull kelp, vast expanses of dunes littered with middens, amazing geology with twisted metamorphic strata and the dark tannin stained waters, and you have a lifetime of inspiration for a painter of our natural coastal landscape.

 

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Geo-artscape, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast. Acrylic JPG

Geoartscape, Sarah Ann Rocks, Acrylic on stretched canvas

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Pieman River, watercolour

The Dark waters of the Tarkine

Arthur River, watercolour

Turmoil,, encaustic, Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness

Tarkine Turmoil, Encaustic wax medium

Unleashed Acrylic 90x60cmUnleashed, Acrylic on stretched Canvas

Technological influence….. digital art


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.

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Original digital photo…. Bull Kelp, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania

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Edited in “photos”….. exposure, colour, levels adjusted then rotated. That is when I discovered the mask.

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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.

Paint loosely in watercolour…. TASMANIA 2018


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.

Charles Reid floral style workshop

Acrylic on Canvas… NW Tasmania, Realism


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 SOLDBakers Beach from Griffith Point

 

Mt Roland, cloud cloaking the western face, Sheffield SOLDBreaking mist, Mt Roland

 

Goat Island, Penguin Coast Rd, Ulverstone SOLDGoat Island jpg

 

Hawley Beach SOLDHawley Beach view to Shell Island pg

 

Cradle Mt, done as part of my artist’s residency, October 2017 SOLDOctober Snow, Cradle Mt

 

The Nut, Stanley from East Inlet SOLDThe Nut from East Inlet

Cradle Mountain watercolours… Tasmanian Icon.


 

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.

CradleCradle Mt on a Clear Day, watercolour 2017, 36x26cm SOLD

Here is that mist that encroaches from the west. 

Cradle Mt with a whisper of cloud     A Whisper of Misty cloud (Cradle Mt), watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx) SOLD

….. and a hint of Autumn Colour from further along the walk.A touch of Autumn at Cradle Mt

A Hint of Autumn at Cradle Mt, watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx)

Encaustic painting of the coast…. passions meld


A bird's eye view

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”.

This work has now SOLD

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. SOLD

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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.

Corvus Tasminicus over Papavum Somnifera

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 SOLD

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

“Enchanted”, encaustic,Enchanted

“Layered”, Encaustic layered

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

Promotional flierTim 2017 advertise

“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