SonyA7ii camera shots… Murwillumbah.


Still learning how to get the most out of this little beast, but here are some pics of our holiday over the past few weeks. ……. Murwillumbah area (includes Natural Bridge Falls) .

 

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I only have the 24 to 70 mm lens at present (and a macro) so could not zoom in to Mt warning. This is about 5% 0f the image at 70mm but because the camera is full frame it is not too bad for a postcard type shot..

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Slow shutter speed without a tripod is helped by the in camera stabilisation.

 

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No my usual subject, but the strong light and contrastsappealed.

 

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Morning light

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“How green is my valley”

Winter garden, Victoria


I have enjoyed using the Sony A7ii around my sister’s garden today, at Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia.

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I have yet to get the macro lens out but the high megapixel, full frame images allow for cropping anyway.Very pleased with this camera so far.

Sony mirrorless camera…. first pics. Melbourne.


high risestreet artcycling in the rainnightlights in rainevening raintram trackswinterjpgtramwinter treeswindowsCollingwoodnight lightsI am across the water from my home state of Tasmania, in Melbourne, Victoria. I treated myself to a new camera….. Sony mirrorless full frame. These are the first pics….. unedited except for a couple of crops. We were lucky to get a bit of rain to try the way it handled colours, lights and reflections. Pretty happy. All hand held with auto settings as I was really keen to snap a few and view on the computer.

Encaustic paintings


I have been thoroughly enjoying exploring encaustic art both in teaching the basics to others, experimenting more myself and attending a workshop with a fabulous encaustic artist, Mo Godbeer. So much to discover…. more pics to come

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Tasmania’s bushfires 2016… inspiration for paintings


Silk painting using watercolour technique. Watercolour technique on silk was the perfect  medium to depict the emotional response to raging fire.Tarkine Inferno

Tarkine in Motion …Hobart, Long Gallery, Exhibition


I wish I could get to Hobart for the opening of the Tarkine in Motion exhibition tomorrow evening. Artworks evolving out of 70 artists responding to Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness will be on display at Hobart’;s Long Gallery until 4th February 2016. (50 of the 70 artists exhibiting in the is huge display).

Tasmania is fairly small yes, but it is about a 4 hour drive each way from our home to Hobart, so it is not as easy as non Tasmanian’s might think to “pop down” to our capital city.

I have already delivered some works to be hung but I have seen mine…. I really want to see those of everyone else. We will get down for bump out…. hopefully before others start collecting their treasures.

As you will see from these images of 4 of the 5 works I sent to be considered for inclusion, I was drawn, as usual, to the coast, the raw energy, the water movement and especially the rocks.

Geoartscape, Sarah Anne Rocks

Geo-artscape, Sarah Anne Rocks. Acrylic on stretched canvas.

Struggle for Survival

“”Struggle for Survival” watercolour, 300gsm SW rough paper. Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast. 2015

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Red Lichen, Acrylic on Colourfix

The Calm Belies the Turmoil acrylic on gallery stretched canvas

The Calm Belies the Turmoil. Acrylic on stretched canvas

 

 

The preliminary photo from  Dan Broun of setting up looks good. A treasure trove of photography, painting, printmaking and jewellery…. and there will be floor talks. There have already been a number of musical and film performances which have been presented to enthusiastic audiences in Hobart. We want to save this last bit of Gondwanaland with its rich indigenous heritage rather than have it destroyed by logging and mining. Ironically, at present, much is under bushfires started by dry lightening strikes. Lets hope, at least, the old rainforest is not damaged too much. We so desperately need rain

 

Colouring book…designed by young people in art class


With adult colouring books all the rage, I thought I would look at designing my own pages, then I thought why not make it an art class activity. We looked at various examples, discussed what we liked and what we didn’t, then set to work… each on their own preferred subject in their own style. All felt the task of designing the pages was harder than colouring the final product.

The works below were created by 9 to 15 year olds (plus mine). I printed  a copy of each page for each participant then stapled a set each with a  blank cover (for them to enhance)  to give them a holiday colouring book. A really interesting activity . Feel free to print your own copy if you wish.

CP book 1

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CP book 4

 

CP book 5

 

CP book 6

 

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CP book 7

CP book 2