Cradle Mountain watercolours… Tasmanian Icon.


 

Cradle Mt is not Tasmania’s tallest mountain but it is an icon. Located at the Northern end of the Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park, the dolerite peaks tower above Lake Dove (Lake St Clair is down the Southern end of the reserve, a five day trek which many walkers enjoy but which must be approached with good planning due to the very variable weather which may be experienced).

I enjoy painting our Tasmanian landscape, showing here the hard edged dolerite crags and the muted greens of the alpine vegetation. Typically there is cloud or mist encroaching from the west (right hand side) and often visitors are disappointed to find the mountain has “disappeared” . But this was a clear day so the majesty of “The Cradle” and Little Horn could be fully enjoyed.

CradleCradle Mt on a Clear Day, watercolour 2017, 36x26cm

Here is that mist that encroaches from the west.

Cradle Mt with a whisper of cloud     A Whisper of Misty cloud (Cradle Mt), watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx) SOLD

….. and a hint of Autumn Colour from further along the walk.A touch of Autumn at Cradle Mt

A Hint of Autumn at Cradle Mt, watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx)

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Palette Knife painting


This is “my Tasmania”, just over one hour drive from home. Painted with a palette knife, using acrylics. A palette knife is great for the clean edges I want on parts of the building (old boat shed). I don’t mix the colours on the palette often,  preferring to merge them on the painting when necessary. The sky, I painted with my fingers and for the water, I find the brush gives my preferred finish. Basically, “use whatever tool gives the effect you prefer”, was my advice to my students…. with a caution that they will probably feel more comfortable with a brush, so try not to just use a brush. The palette knife effects are more alive I feel, even in this very traditional work.

SOLD to Gwen in Sydney (thank you for your support Gwen)

The Old Boat Shed, Cradle Mt, Lake Dove, Tasmania, Australia

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10″ x 14″. Acrylic  (Atelier Interactive) on canvas board. SOLD

 

“My” Tasmania…. voted in top 5 islands in the world!!!!! Photos of lesser known places


I love my island home, TASMANIA. I know it’s tops so really did not need to be told it is in the world’s 5 top islands but, I must say, it feels good to have it acknowledged by a top US magazine. Thanks, US Travel and Leisure, for confirming we have a real treasure here.

………….”Tasmania’s stunning landscape and wildlife have seen it voted into the world’s top ten islands – but it’s not the only one in Australia on the list
Tasmania has been named fourth in the world’s top-five islands by US-based Travel and Leisure magazine
Voters cited Tasmania’s fresh air, stunning landscapes, quirky fauna and good food among the state’s treasures
Almost 1.6 million people visited Tasmania between 2013 and 2014 – nearly double the population of the state
Tourism attractions include the vibrant capital Hobart, the stunning Bay of Fires and historic Port Arthur jail
The Apple Isle was left off a map of Australia featuring on the Commonwealth Games uniform earlier this year”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3153646/Tasmania-s-stunning-landscape-wildlife-seen-voted-world-s-ten-islands-s-not-one-Australia-list.html#ixzz3gKPKHEib
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Here are some of my photos. from the North/ North West of the state… basic camera and I am an ameteur  photographer but here in Tas anyone can take an OK pics. So many opportunities

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SERENITY…. weekly photo challenge… it’s a Zen thing


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.” I have so many photos to choose from which would fit into this category, Serenity,  as I often take my photos for that inner peace of capturing special moment of beauty. Water seems to be ever present in such images… it’s a Zen thing.

New quarter sheet watercolours


The quarter sheet is a wonderful size to work on in watercolour (in my opinion). Watercolour was not originally a medium for large works. On the quarter sheet one has enough room for broad sweeping strokes with a one or 2 inch hake brush and to allow watercolour magic to happen, but is small enough to enable the whole surface to be monitored relatively easily. This is important as timing is critical. These are 4 recent works done as class demonstrations.

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove with buttongrass

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove with buttongrass

Cloudy sky, Goat Is

Cloudy sky, Goat Is

Cumulus clouds along the coast

Cumulus clouds along the coast

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove from boatshed beach

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove from boatshed beach


I did not have any left of Cradle Mt which is why there are 2 new ones here (intended to be out pre Easter…. oh well it is the painting I enjoy, not framing, delivering, pricing etc.). As long as I play with paint the subject is usually irrelevant to me.

Water Ways Exhibition Tasmania 2013


contrasting texturesDuring the My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Southern Tasmania in February the Art Society of Tasmania holds an exhibition of artworks on the theme of water. I am pleased that my entry Contrasting Textures has been selected to be hung in this exhibition at the Long Gallery in Salamanca Place. This rather large painting is an acrylic on canvas incorporating texture paste to accentuate the solidity and rough texture of the forground rocks which echo roughly the shapes of the dolerite slopes of iconic Cradle Mt. The relective waters of Dove Lake glisten where the light strikes and look mirror like in the foreground pool. Water is also evident in the sky in the delicate thin mist… another contrasting texture suggested through the method of paint application. Drybrush scumbling was used here while for the rocks palette knife work added boldness and substance. In the water’s reflective area smoothly brushed glazes achieved the desired effect.