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

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)

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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

Palette Knife painting


This is “my Tasmania”, just over one hour drive from home. Painted with a palette knife, using acrylics. A palette knife is great for the clean edges I want on parts of the building (old boat shed). I don’t mix the colours on the palette often,  preferring to merge them on the painting when necessary. The sky, I painted with my fingers and for the water, I find the brush gives my preferred finish. Basically, “use whatever tool gives the effect you prefer”, was my advice to my students…. with a caution that they will probably feel more comfortable with a brush, so try not to just use a brush. The palette knife effects are more alive I feel, even in this very traditional work.

SOLD to Gwen in Sydney (thank you for your support Gwen)

The Old Boat Shed, Cradle Mt, Lake Dove, Tasmania, Australia

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10″ x 14″. Acrylic  (Atelier Interactive) on canvas board. SOLD

 

Photos from the phone camera… to edit or not to edit? Table Cape, NW Tasmania


It was an overcast day yesterday, with patches of rain and then bits of sunshine peering through. We had been to Stanley, home of The Nut, an iconic volcanic plug. On the way home we drove along the beautiful drive atop Table Cape…. another area of past volcanic activity. The sun lit up the sea and I decided to quickly take some photos with the camera phone (Samsung Galaxy S5, on auto). Very lazy, I know, but still fun and still gets one looking more closely at the beauty that surrounds.

Tonight I decided to play with some of these. I have been noticing that many people’s photos seem to be increasingly edited. The results are crisp and sharp with incredible detail and often saturated colours. As a watercolourist, who loves soft edges, I am in 2 minds about most processing. But I appreciate that most people love a more powerful image and that we all “see differently”. Anyway it is all fun and with editing programs there are an endless array of possibilities. My editing here is fairly subtle. Levels mainly. A warm filter on one, lessening some of the lens flare, and on one I played with Photoshop HDR effect (pseudo HDR I suppose).

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Winter Sunrise, Devonport, Tasmania


I am not a morning person so it is really unusual for me to emerge to take photos of sunrise. But this morning I did just that. The first day of winter and we were treated to a very heavy frost but that was  followed by a perfect sunrise with the lovely clear light we get here in Tasmania. (Devonport about 15 mins from our home at Forth on Tasmania’s NW coast……..the city  where the Bass Strait ferry docks). It was certainly worth the effort.

view east.

view east.

bathed in morning light

bathed in morning light

Don Heads

sunlit grass

sunlit grass

view west.

view west.

the headland

the headland

(almost) spectrum sky

(almost) spectrum sky

sunrise panorama

sunrise panorama

view east.

testament to the westerlies

testament to the westerlies

still dreaming?

still dreaming?

Magnificent photography of this beautiful island… TASMANIA


http://exploringtasmania.com.au

You MUST click the link!!!!!! Discover the world of an amazing young man, Jamie Henderson. (I do not know him personally but discovered his photos on the net… wonderful thing this internet!!!!). If, like me, you are a nature lover, you will be in awe with the beauty. No wonder Tasmania has had so many awards as a top holiday destination.
map of Australia
That’s us, Tasmania, that little bit kicked off the bottom of mainland Australia. (yes, we are actually a state of Australia). There’s New Zealand to the left (East) of us ….. that’s where the Kiwis live. Our west coast is “wild an wooly”, lashed by winds and sea that have not seen land since leaving South America. You will even find “the Edge of the World” there…. but more on that another day. Jamie, photographer extraordinaire, lives on the east coast where the wheather is much more “civilised”. Maybe we will see you here one day.