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.

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Paintings from the Tarkine Coast (Tasmania’s wild west)


These are some of the works that were painted on site or have been evolving since my visit to Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast over Easter. More to come. Working on a larger acrylic using texture medium because I love the texture of the rocks there, but I am out of white and so is my supplier!. Frustration! I have to wait for an order from another supplier to arrive…. can get other brands but I likeAtelier Interactive.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

Nelson Bay watercolour

Metamorphosed strata protrude from sand and surf

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Painted quickly on site on a bright but overcast day. The rough Langton paper helped with suggesting the pebbled shore

WC and ink, on site, Kings Run

The first work painted on site… watercolour and sumi ink…. setting the mood and getting into the flow. Sitting in this location grinding ink on a stone and letting watercolour float over the paper’s surface is so meditative.

Tasmania’s wild Tarkine coast watercolours/ acrylics


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This one is a bit to the South of the Takine area, at Ocean Beach
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Next is a quick watercolour card.

Tarkine Coast, West Cioast Tasmania


Tarkine Coast, West Cioast Tasmania

West Coast Dunes, watercolour and Ink $200


West Coast Dunes, watercolour and Ink $200


And a little to the north at Bluff Point
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Next a miniature in oil
Tarkine Coast Oil Miniature
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New artworks on silk


I have been busy lately, with commissioned works. Earlier in the week I posted, to the Hilton Hotel gift shop in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 10 of my my handpainted sets….silk scarf with matching brooch which enable the wearer many styling options. Most of the brooches were my preferred landscape impressions but on two I painted images inspired by the colourful fish of the Great Barrier Reef.

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The Lobby Shop Cairns 1to4 copy

the lobby shop cairns 5to8 copy

Today I also completed another scarf (no brooch) on which I have been working as a sample requested by Griffith University, again in Queensland. The scarves they are considering are to have Queensland native flowers on them and the suggestion was the Waratah on a sample item. Ready to mail tomorrow.

Waratah scarf copy

A third commission completed is a blue wren on silk. What a novel idea from the couple asking for this as a special silk anniversary gift.

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5 day art challenge… day 5, watercolour on silk


I have been very busy in the studio creating for our busy tourist season. At a wonderful venture initiated by a local Council, Burnie Makers Workshop, I am fortunate to have been selected as a participating artist. I am there as a watercolourist and silk painter. We “Makers” give our time, on a rostered basis, to sit and demonstrate our art/craft to visitors and to chat with them. Cruise ship visit days are especially busy. I do love it.
There is an associated shop and we are able to leave some items for sale in the gift shop area and on the days we attend we can bring in, and set up, a bigger display. I usually demonstrate painting on silk, small paintings which I later put into cards, frames or various jewellery settings.
People who are unfamiliar with silk painting enjoy seeing a different art medium being used and those familiar with silk painting are often intrigued with my preference for a watercolour technique using no resist or antidiffusant of any type. I love the flow of the dyes and the serendipitous aspect of the way the paintings evolve. No two are ever the same. I had been painting for days at MW when it was time to post my final artists’ challenge day so silk painting was a natural choice.

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Free Spirits.... poppies are my favourite flower to paint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

Free Sopirits…. poppies are my favourite flower to apint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

Artists 3/5 challenge… day 4… watercolour


Thank you to all the lovely people who have shown interest in my humble blog. I have been rather busy and not posted for a bit but have been continuing with the facebook artists’ challenge so will post the 3 day 4 paintings… watercolours… for those who do not follow EvAntArtTas on facebook. Watercolour is such a versatile medium but I love it most when it is allowed to have its own way a bit so the magic of the fluid medium can be revealed. Working that way is so exciting and rewarding as you never know exactly what will evolve. The main thing is to be patient and not push the paint around too much. In short… the painting is the “boss’ not the painter. In illustrative styles the opposite is true. I will never tire of fluid media.

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Destination Unknown, watercolour, Evelyn Antonysen

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Oh, and thank you also to the two bloggers who nominated me for the Liebster award. I feel honoured but it will be about another week before I have time to address that.

Oil Paintings in miniature with poetry in miniature (Haiku)


All my posts lately have been photo challenges and I have so enjoyed them and the friends I have met and sites I have visited through joining in. But it is about time to put some paintings up again. On my facebook page (EvAntArtTas…..link button to the right) I have been putting on a daily art post after being nominated for the 3/5 art challenge. My fist day I showed different approaches to flowers/botanical art and my second day I showed some of my carefully rendered miniatures in oil paint. For these miniatures I have written a haiku as I find it somewhat incongruous that miniature art (painting) and the short Haiku verse are tiny creations in their respective fields but both have more rules governing structure than their larger counterparts. Somewhat strange too, that a person who likes bending the rules and extending or overlapping beyond the boxed categories is interested in the tight controls of the forms. But then I was an orderly Maths and Science teacher before I released my creative urges.