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.

 

earth-song-cover-1earth-song-cover-2earth-song-coverDestination Unknown, watercolour with Sumi ink and Chop signature)

Selecting artworks for 2017 calendar…. Tasmania from my Brush


I have been looking over artworks I have done in the post year and selecting 12 (plus one for the cover)  for a 2017 calendar with the theme Tasmania from my Brush. I wanted variety within the cohesion of Tasmania, generally with locations identifiable to some degree.  Then there is consideration of selecting ones that will fit with the format of the calendar (though the silk fire one will have extra space either side, generally I chose landscape format). They also need enough contrast to print well. These are half of the works  I will use.

nelson-bay-evening-tarkinecoastwatercolour Nelson Bay, Tarkine Coast SOLD

quartet-watercolour  Quartet

tarkine-inferno-silk-painting        Tarkine Inferno SOLD

 

tesselated-pavement-watercolourTessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck

 

the-western-tiers-watercolour The Great Western Tiers

 

tors-mt-wellington-watercolour Tors, Mt wellington

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast

New from the Easel…. watercolour, Encaustic and Acrylic


1945

“1945” Encaustic incorporating photos (photo transfer) dad took in Hiroshima immediately after the dropping of the bomb in 1945. Also incorporated  is a photo transfer of a copy of the peace treaty he was given as a witness to its signing. I do not do many historical works but this is special. For many years I had been wanting to do an artwork based on dad’s experience but could never find the right medium….. until I discovered encaustic art. Perfect to suggest the devastation and the age and I could use copies of his actual photos. On display at Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania as part of Burnie Coastal Art Groups. TasArt exhibition.

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After the Fires, 2016″. Encaustic. I finally finished this work, started some months ago. Tasmania experienced unprecedented fires in 2016 and returning to some of the charred wilderness areas I find they are both sad and hauntingly beautiful. That is what I aimed to relate in this wax work. Setting fire to shellac on the surface, gives another link of the artwork’s creation and the fires we experienced. On Display at the Tasmanian Art Awards at Eskleigh, Perth Tasmania, first weekend November 2016.

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“Quiet Times, Nelson Bay, Tarkine Coast”.  Watercolour. It had been a wet day but on dusk the rain cleared and soft colours were so soothing. A quick photo shoot to record the changing light and later in the studio this watercolour took me back to the moment. 

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“Struggle for Survival, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast”. Acrylic with texture paste on gallery stretch canvas. I did this work earlier this year but felt the bleached log was too stark so recently re-worked that. Happier now as the red lichen takes on a more important role. The branch and bleached twigs are skeletons decaying, but rotting down they provide nutrients for the native geranium in its own pocket. Lichen is an amazing organism which is incredibly well adapted to harsh conditions such as here on Tasmania’s West Coast. On display at TASART Burnie 2016

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“Tree top Eagle”, watercolour. The eye was improved after taking this photo. A small work makes it tricky to do the eye detail Sold

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WIP. Wedge Tail Eagle. Watercolour.  Contrasting with the “wildness” of encaustic I have also enjoyed doing some careful illustration of birds over the past couple of weeks.” Ihis will be on display at my stall at the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine,  Nov 3 to 7th, 2016

Acrylic paintings with texture (rocks)


I love geology and looking at patterns in rocks, their colours and textures. As well as the scientific observations I do enjoy doing paintings of rocks. Tasmania’s  (Australia) North West and West Coast are wonderful spots for inspiration for rock based paintings. These 3 are all painted in acrylic (Atelier Interactive) on Canvas board (10×14 inch = 25.4×35.6cm). I have used Matisse modelling compound (my preferred of the many texture media I have tried) to achieve textural effects in the 2 Tarkine works.

To apply the paint and medium I have used both brushes and palette knives.

Top left: Kings Run, Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness  (SOLD)                 Bottom Left: Goat Island , Penguin Coast Rd, NW Tasmania ($100)        Right: Red Lichen, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness ($100)

Tarkine in Motion …Hobart, Long Gallery, Exhibition


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.

Geoartscape, Sarah Anne Rocks

Geo-artscape, Sarah Anne Rocks. Acrylic on stretched canvas.

Struggle for Survival

“”Struggle for Survival” watercolour, 300gsm SW rough paper. Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast. 2015

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Red Lichen, Acrylic on Colourfix

The Calm Belies the Turmoil acrylic on gallery stretched canvas

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

 

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.

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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

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Winter days in the Studio…. “serious” painting, art play and quirky stuff


Winter is a time of runny noses, colds and ‘flu. But it is also a time to enjoy keeping warm inside, creating artworks without feeling guilty about all the time spent indoors.

I always keep busy creating but don’t photograph and post many of my works. Today I had a quick look around the studio, grabbed my most recent works and the i-pad and got photographing…… outdoors (it was a lovely clear afternoon).

Firstly, I intended to finish this acrylic on canvas………. I have added some of the seaweed but I want more texture in the front.

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I have asked a few friends what they think and, as expected, have had a few different responses. I have finally decided to go with what I originally thought (as I tend to do) …. I will add some sand from the location to give authentic texture, in addition to implied texture through spattering, dry brush, scumbling etc.

IMG_0095I take a few classes each week, usually in watercolour, and in the most recent we focused on tone while re-enforcing the importance of timing, and working with increasingly drier paint to achieve strength. We painted a winter snow scene in Sepia…. no other colours to distract….. purely tonal. Aiming for a sense of depth with softer distance and harder, stronger edges to the fore.

I have also been enjoying the colour and flow of dyes on silk, making more of my silk miniatures in a brooch which accompany my hand painted scarves. I have a couple of venues waiting for new stock of these and hope to get on top of putting some online on my handmade shop in the next few weeks. While taking photos of these I finally got around to taking a few pics showing some of the many ways these sets can be worn. I gave up trying to find a suitable willing model and used my dressmaking form and a head form (they were most co-operative). More ideas are posted on my Silk Watercolours blog (listed in my links)

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I have been asked by one venue to do some quirky, fun stuff… so that I did and, yes , it was fun. The card is from handmade paper (made at the last workshop I took at a local Tasmanian Regional Arts branch), and beautifully polished pebbles collected from local beaches. These my sister and I love picking up on beach walks when she visits, she takes them back to back to Victoria, tumbles them and posts some back to me for my STONE BIRD card creations. I spend ages playing with these beautifully smooth coloured stones to see what characters I can find.  Very meditative…. oh yes, that new thing “mindfulness”! The little watercolour and ink girl is just for fun…. colour and smiles.

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Whenever I am in the studio for a few consecutive days I tend to experiment with something new. This time I  explored  a combination of a silk painting background under an encaustic artwork in a pendant. I am happy with the result … soft silk watercolour with the intensity and dimensionality of an abstract encaustic painting suggestive of a network.

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And last week I had a call from the local newspaper, The Advocate, asking about a forthcoming workshop I am taking at Tasmanian Regional Arts Sheffield on Making Little Boxes for trinkets, jewellery etc. They needed a pic so I gathered what I could find, made a couple of new boxes, put one of my handmade scarves in one and an encaustic pendant in another and sent them some images to play with (none of me with my red drippy “winter cold” nose and bloodshot eyes!)

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If ever I get artist’s block I just reach for a different medium…. my studio has everything at hand……. my most favourite place to relax, work and play. Such is the life af someone addicted to creating.