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.

blue wren Christmas 2

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

Christmas

Birds in Watercolour


Those who follow my facebook page, Evelyn Antonysen at Forth Art Studio, will be aware that I am currently preparing for an exhibition of works on birds, “Wings”, to open mid-December. I have been posting some photos on my fb page but will also share them here. My initial degree was Science based asIi trained to be a Maths/Science teacher so scientific illustration has always been an interest. I love the careful observation and rendering but it art I also love freedom to go beyond accurate recording…. more of that looser style later. Most importantly, whatever style of presenting the image is adopted, the personality of the creature must be captured.

Wise?

Wise?

Superb Blue Wren preening

Superb Blue Wren preening

Wattlebird

Wattlebird

The most tricky of these 3 paintings was the wren as it’s form is not readily recognisable. Interesting I feel it is the one which captures the animal’s “personality” best…. perhaps because I watch them so much…. very entertaining and the males are so vain.

New off the easel… waterfalls in watercolour, flowers on silk and a Bittern.


Tumbling (Pencil Pine Falls)JPGGeo-art, Guide Falls The edge

Put together recent trips to some waterfalls and the free, Zen style, semi-abstract watercolours and it is no wonder waterfalls have flowed onto the canvas (well, watercolour paper actually). My aim is to depict the feeling of the cool misty water spray and the movement. I do so love water…. painting with it swimming in it, watching it.

The nasturtiums is a  silk painting, mostly done in a watercolour technique but some of the primary flowers have a rich gold gutta outline. This work is about colour, the joy of life and the tangled webs we weave. The stems of nasturtiums do twist and entwine and the plants themselves are so tenacious… hence the title of this work “Tenacity”.Tenacity

Coast Guard (Bittern)The bird, (a bittern), was done in preparation for my bird exhibition in December but this painting will head to see if it selected to hang in the Tasmanian Art Awards, at Eskleigh, before being shown in Burnie. This work is more carefully drawn and hints to my original degree in Sciences (but so too does the geology of the vertical waterfall painting with its basalt columns and polygonal jointing… Guide Falls, Burnie, Tasmania)

Birds in Watercolour… Pied Oyster Catcher


Some of my earliest drawings and paintings are of birds. It is a subject to which I often return both with painting and drawing and with photography. This, pied oyster catcher, is my most recent bird painting. My reference was a photo I took at the end of 2011 while on a trip to Northern NSW, returning via the coast. I took every opportunity to photograph my beloved feathered friends.pied oyster catcher

Painting Blue Wrens in watercolour


Two of the  commission works which I have to get busy on are of Blue Wrens. Fortunately these delightful birds have been regular visitors to our garden in the past  months so I have photos. At Penguin Market this Sunday I will be working on one of the paintings. I expect I will use a combintion of tube watercolour, and Inktense and traditional watercolour pencils. Retaining some of the pencil marks is a great way to suggest feather texture. Penguin Market, Arnold St Penguin is on from 9 to 3,30 Sundays. This will be the last one for this year. Next is 8 January but due t cataract surgery I may miss that one. Sorry.