This is a scene I have painted before because I just love going back, mentally/emotionally, to the day we walked down from the lighthouse along this track carved through the dunes on Tasmania’s West Coast. The weather had been very changeable but now the sun was out, intensifying the colour contrasts with the white sand. I so wanted to reach the water but we ran out of time. I never will walk the stretch to the water’s edge but as I paint I feel myself being immersed again in the wonder of our wilderness in Tasmania. I have entered this work in TasArt, one of Tasmania’s premiere art exhibitions. It is a selected exhibition so this painting may not be hung but that is OK…. it does for me what I want…. takes me back to a lovely day at a wonderful location. I have titled it Light After the Storm, not only because of the weather change, but also as a reminder that even through stormy passages in our lives things can turn out wonderfully. If it sells, that is great…. someone else feels the emotion with which this was painted. If not that is fine too…. the other 3 of this scene (a miniature, a watercolour and an acrylic) have sold and I do want one for myself eventually.
Did sell on opening night… guess I have to do another for me. Won’t be straight away but I will tackle it again.
On the easels in the studio I am back to a favourite subject… Tasmania’s coastline.
These both been started as demonstrations for students working on canvas. The large Bluff Point one is a scene which I have painted before. I want a painting of this for myself but the 4 I have done so far (oil miniature, larger acrylic on canvas and 2 quarter sheet watercolours have sold…. maybe this one will stay with me…. of course I don’t have to put them out for sale but I do like to share my creations). The source photo is one of my favourites, taken on a day when it had been raining, then the sun shone brilliantly while still the sky was dark to the west. We walked for ages towards the water along a gouged track in the sand. Such contrast of colours and the wonderful fresh air of our “wild west” coast. As I write this I can feel our rugged coastline beckoning again…. instead I will go to the studio and try to capture those intense feelings on canvas.
Bluff Point unfinished
The second work is almost complete but will have a she oak (Casurina) on the lhs. I have pencilled this twiggy, wind blown specimen in. Such vegetation is typical of our coastal areas and its many little twigs are a contrast to the sweeping curves of the beach and sand beyond. I was happy with the broken shells and pebbles to the fore…… as I look I can “feel” them under my feet and you do sense they are on a raised area above the sweeping
Bakers Beach Tasmania unfinished… acrylic on canvas
beach. Bakers Beach is a magnificent long stretch near Devonport Tasmania. Part of the State National Park System it is a haven for wildlife (wombats abound and there is a large area for waterbirds). Often there are few if any people on the beach this side of Griffith Point……. you can walk along and sing with the wind and no-one will even know. Love it.