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

Goblins and fairies…. mischief in the garden


Mischief in the garden

Mischief in the garden

Where are the fairies?

Hiding…. but there is a little goblin hand coming around the stem from the left.

So there is!

I can see one of his hands.

He is hiding, must be scared.

The more I look at this the more I see my little fellow crouching a bit and clinging for dear life onto the fungi stem. I see an elongated rectangular shape, greenish head with a tuft of orange hair and his right leg bent at the knee as befits his overall clinging or climbing up position. Then on the other side a little fellow has his short right arm stretched up as he curves his body a little to his left. It is like looking at cloud patterns. Imagination running wild, all because of Anne’s comment re fairies.

That’s just brilliant!

Thanks for reading my weird ramblings re the “goblins”.

Love em!

He is totally there, the naughty critter has ripped the hem of the fairy’s lavender dress. She is sitting under the toadstool.

Clever you noticing that….. yes very naughty. And such a pretty dress it was.

ah but the little hedgepig on the right is even naughtier cos he was looking up her dress….

What a place of mischief is our garden.

………… the above is a discussion that evolved from my simple photo of a garden fungi I posted on Facebook. What a delight that social media can cause such enjoyment and evolution of an imaginative story

Autumn photos, Tasmania


A late afternoon drive to Latrobe today to take photos of the colours of Autumn. We are so lucky to live in such a magnificent place. At Bells Parade, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia.

Silk painting ready to go


Pre the Winter SlumberI have finished and framed my latest silk painting, inspired by the autumn tree outside the studio window. I used a combination of outliner (gutta technique) and watercolour style…… the latter because I like free flow in my works. I must admit, however, that I am tempted to try the Sistek technique as I am impressed with many on the excellent works I have seen on the internet using that method. It means going back to being in control and I have worked hard to allow myself to enjoy a serendipitous approach. Anyway back to this work. It is the last show the tree puts on, full colour “party”, before it sheds the leaves for winter so I have titled the painting Pre the Winter Slumber . Tomorrow Keith (my husband) and I will make the trip to Scottsdale (about 5 hours round trip, plus stops) to a lovely gallery, Scottsdale Art and Framing, to deliver this (along with a couple of other works) for their winter exhibition. Looks like good weather so we will take the cameras.

Fairyland fungi… fly agaric


Yes, these picture book fungi do exist. Here in Tasmania it is autumn and these little characters peep out, especially in pine forested areas. Here I have a typical classic single fly agaric,
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a baby hiding under “mum’s” frilly skirt
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and a photo where the rim is split and formed interesting little “birds” ready to fly away
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Autumn Mystery. Watercolour


This is a commissioned work for Thomas’s of W.A. Visiting Tassie they saw me with my art at Penguin Market Artspaces. They liked a small watercolour of an autumn scene but wanted a slightly larger work. I explained that especially with wet techniques in watercolour the works can be similar but never the same. Because of the way I work in a free, loose manner I prefer to enjoy the individual difference (much like re people) rather than try to tightly copy and reproduce a preconceived structure. They benefit too from having a very individual artwork never to be repeated in the  same way. I am happy with the result and I never insist the commissioner purchase such works. I would hate someone to end up with a painting that they don’t like. Fortunately they too are happy so now a little of Tassie Autumn will live in W.A.