Colour magic, Sunset at the Beach, Tasmania


IMG_8512I can’t help myself…. a beach, especially one with a lovely mountain range as a backdrop, perfect weather, a camera and tripod, and an hour of down time. Turners Beach is only 5 minutes from home. The only thing I wonder is why I make myself so busy doing “things” that stop me form soaking this magic in more often. Dial Range is the backdrop. Near Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia. I had fun experimenting with the camera settings this time…. some slower shutter to get that dreamy quality to the moving water. A few stopped down then I increased the exposure on the computer editor as they were too dark. This tended to increase the reds. No colour adjustments or digital enhancement other than this exposure adjustment on 2 or 3.  Canon EOS 600D

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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?

Paintings from the Tarkine Coast (Tasmania’s wild west)


These are some of the works that were painted on site or have been evolving since my visit to Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast over Easter. More to come. Working on a larger acrylic using texture medium because I love the texture of the rocks there, but I am out of white and so is my supplier!. Frustration! I have to wait for an order from another supplier to arrive…. can get other brands but I likeAtelier Interactive.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

Nelson Bay watercolour

Metamorphosed strata protrude from sand and surf

on site watercolour and Sumi Ink. Kings Run. JPG

Painted quickly on site on a bright but overcast day. The rough Langton paper helped with suggesting the pebbled shore

WC and ink, on site, Kings Run

The first work painted on site… watercolour and sumi ink…. setting the mood and getting into the flow. Sitting in this location grinding ink on a stone and letting watercolour float over the paper’s surface is so meditative.

Encaustic painting in jewellery settings.


I have too many paintings for the walls and I have always enjoyed “small” so increasingly I am doing tiny works to put into jewellery settings. Many are silk paintings but I have also been exploring my own unique way of painting with pigmented wax,encaustic paintings, as wearable art. Encaustic paintings are beautifully vivid and under the glass cabochon the 3-dimensionality is accentuated. These are selling so well locally and to cruise ship visitors that I am finding it difficult to keep up with demand. Many, like the set, are based on flowers in my garden but some are abstract ocassionally suggesting a scene.No two can be the same as it is not possible to get that degree of control with the way I work. But that is how I like it … each unique item to be paired with a unique wearer.
Today I bought a mini tripod and remote shutter for my mobile phone so I can take photos of my work quickly and without any camera shake. All I need now is to make up a tent to get rid of the reflection of the studio windows.

Encaustic art pendant. Original painting. "Red Tulips". Silver setting. Sterling silver snake chain. Oval. 50x30mm. Clear glass cabochon.

Encaustic art pendant. Original painting. “Red Tulips”. Silver setting. Sterling silver snake chain. Oval. 50x30mm. Clear glass cabochon.

Red Tulip pendant and bangle set. Original paintings. Encaustic art as wearable art.

Red Tulip pendant and bangle set. Original paintings. Encaustic art as wearable art.

Hinge opening bracelet. Fit up to 20cm wrist. Original encaustic painting in silver setting with clear glass dome cabochon protecting art work.

Hinge opening bracelet. Fit up to 20cm wrist. Original encaustic painting in silver setting with clear glass dome cabochon protecting art work.


These will be availabble on my handmade shop at a later date.

5 day art challenge… day 5, watercolour on silk


I have been very busy in the studio creating for our busy tourist season. At a wonderful venture initiated by a local Council, Burnie Makers Workshop, I am fortunate to have been selected as a participating artist. I am there as a watercolourist and silk painter. We “Makers” give our time, on a rostered basis, to sit and demonstrate our art/craft to visitors and to chat with them. Cruise ship visit days are especially busy. I do love it.
There is an associated shop and we are able to leave some items for sale in the gift shop area and on the days we attend we can bring in, and set up, a bigger display. I usually demonstrate painting on silk, small paintings which I later put into cards, frames or various jewellery settings.
People who are unfamiliar with silk painting enjoy seeing a different art medium being used and those familiar with silk painting are often intrigued with my preference for a watercolour technique using no resist or antidiffusant of any type. I love the flow of the dyes and the serendipitous aspect of the way the paintings evolve. No two are ever the same. I had been painting for days at MW when it was time to post my final artists’ challenge day so silk painting was a natural choice.

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Free Spirits.... poppies are my favourite flower to paint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

Free Sopirits…. poppies are my favourite flower to apint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

One Word Photo Challenge: Indigo


Jennifer’s new challenge, Indigo, is a bit trickier that the previous one, Persimmon. I cannot find the image I really wanted to upload but I think these will fit the bill. I hope you enjoy viewing tham as much as I enjoyed taking them

Pelican pair

Pelican pair

leaving Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania

leaving Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania

catching early morning light

catching early morning light

"blood red rocks", indigo blue sea, and a 'scribble" of white

“blood red rocks”, indigo blue sea, and a ‘scribble” of white

As the sun sets, west Ulverstone, TASABNIA

Last light, West Ulverstone, Tasmania

Last light, West Ulverstone, Tasmania

My Tasmanian summer garden


I have been out all weekend but it was lovely to get out into the garden with the camera after dinner….. that is until the mosquitos started feasting on me!!. The summer heat has set in and the ground is dry so I wanted to take a stroll and  capture some of the beauty before the garden succumbs to the full impact of summer. …….Although after the summer blooms there will be the seed heads… a variety of shapes that always fascinate me

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New from the studio…. encaustic art in pendants


Between entertaining visitors and blogging 101 tasks and visiting other people’s blogs I have been in my studio creating. Here are 6 new pendants each containing an encaustic art original in miniature. The pigmented wax is so vibrant and the resultant image has real depth. My encaustic jewellery is proving to be very popular  and I LOVE doing them

Encaustic art original wax paintings in pendant settings

Encaustic art
original wax paintings in pendant settings

…. these were scanned in using the printer scanner. I will try to get a better image with the camera… but in daylight.

An Encaustic start to 2015…. Encaustic painting in Jewellery settings


My first artworks for the transition from 2014 to 2015 are these miniature encaustic paintings presented in little “frames” that you can wear. I love doing this with my art. Although I have done murals and enjoy doing works of all sizes I have always had a special love for the little. And as our walls are full, and modern design declares minimalism is the way to go,  I am excited to be presenting my paintings as wearable art. No reproductions here. Each is a unique painting….. encaustic (pigmented wax), manipulated in its molten state, to form an interesting composition often suggestive (intentionally) of flowers from my garden….. iris, poppies, tulips….. And they are affordable (bracelets $33 includes postage in Australia, or I will pay half of postage overseas (customer pays the other half. At the rate these have sold they won’t hang around in my studio for long so let me know if you want one.red and green red tulip bangle JPG tulip pendant 30mm encaustic bangle trio abstracted sea and flower patchwork garden patchwork bangle is lead and nickel free and is adjustable from small to medium/largish. The cover is a glass cabochon attached with E600 adhesive. The image is an original impressionist style painting using artist’s quality pigmented wax. Care instructions…… clean/polish glass with a soft cloth. Do not leave the artwork directly in front of a heater which is on high or on the dashboard of a car in summer unless you want to modify the image! Normal hot temperatures are OK… if your body can stand the heat, the artwork can too.

I just love the vibrant colours, and the 3D effects with various depths of the wax layers. Tuition in encaustic art is available. Look at my TUITION page, or contact me with your request.<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/new/”>New</a&gt;