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


Mixed media paintings… the playful artist

wilderness track

wilderness track

For those of us who like to play with art materials and explore new avenues without boundaries, mixed media is wonderful. Above, “Wilderness Track” is a large work painted in acrylic which was applied from very dilute, like watercolour, to thick impasto painted on with a palette knife. Pencils, oil pastel, soft pastel sumi ink and white pigment ink were all applied at various stages. The ground was an Art Spectrum Colorfix paper in a rich terracotta colour, hence the warm overall glow. The inspiration was a coastal walking track on Tasmania.s Tarkine coast. Walking between the towering angular rocks is amazing.



On one of the days over Easter 2015 when I was, with about 70 other artists,on Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast, I was taken on a 4WD expedition down past the sealed tracks. To get to such remote and wild places was unforgettable. It is the geology of the area that continually attracts me…. and of course the ever changing ocean and sky.This work is also painted on Colorfix paper, this time in a warm grey. After working with very wet acrylic paints and a spray bottle of water, I used  the side of the wet solid Sumi ink stick  and  a little liquid ink applied with a rigger brush to keep the stokes fluid and loose. Finally linear marks with charcoal and a touch of pastel completed the textural effects for which I was aiming.IMG_8994This third painting was about the intensity of the colour of the red lichen so it was started with oil paint stick and oil pastel on a very rough Fabriano watercolour paper. Light watercolour washes were applied to the sky and sea as a foil for the heavy texture of the rocks. Watercolour was also applied as glazes over the rocks, with the previously applied oil based media acting as a resist, thus retaining the intense colour.  Finally Sumi ink was added in three ways….. dragging the broad end of the wet stick across the paper, drawing some crevice lines directly with the wet stick, applying the ink using 2 brushes to direct flow for tonal areas, and varied ways of applying with a rigger brush. Wonderful textures resulted.  
This small,  quick work was completed primarily with acrylic applied with a palette knife and fingers. Final touches were added with Sumi ink and a little oil pastel. It captures the drama and inspiring natural forms of this threatened wilderness area.

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.

Tasmania’s wild Tarkine coast watercolours/ acrylics

Arthur R Pyramid Rock. WC 2
This one is a bit to the South of the Takine area, at Ocean Beach
Next is a quick watercolour card.

Tarkine Coast, West Cioast Tasmania

Tarkine Coast, West Cioast Tasmania

West Coast Dunes, watercolour and Ink $200

West Coast Dunes, watercolour and Ink $200

And a little to the north at Bluff Point
E Antonysen Light after the storm copy
Next a miniature in oil
Tarkine Coast Oil Miniature

Artists 3/5 challenge… day 4… watercolour

Thank you to all the lovely people who have shown interest in my humble blog. I have been rather busy and not posted for a bit but have been continuing with the facebook artists’ challenge so will post the 3 day 4 paintings… watercolours… for those who do not follow EvAntArtTas on facebook. Watercolour is such a versatile medium but I love it most when it is allowed to have its own way a bit so the magic of the fluid medium can be revealed. Working that way is so exciting and rewarding as you never know exactly what will evolve. The main thing is to be patient and not push the paint around too much. In short… the painting is the “boss’ not the painter. In illustrative styles the opposite is true. I will never tire of fluid media.

I am alive Watercolour SOLD I am alive Watercolour

Destination Unknown, watercolour, Evelyn Antonysen

Merging realms
Oh, and thank you also to the two bloggers who nominated me for the Liebster award. I feel honoured but it will be about another week before I have time to address that.

Fun Christmas cards in Watercolour

I wish you all a wonderful end of 2014 …. whether you follow the religious reason for Christmas, enjoy the gift giving and hype, use it as a time to relax or to party, or to catch up with friends and family. there is something there for everyone, so I hope you like my happy little bit of frivolity in these cards which I did to share with FB and blogging friends. Christmas 2014 decorationChristmas card 2014

Painting on Yupo

Anyone who follows my art knows that I love experimenting. For some time I have been trying to paint my memories of when I could go into caves.  Karst geology is fascinating and we have wonderful examples of Karst system caves in Tasmania. I am rarely happy with my  paintings of the limestone caves and I have been pondering how to get closer to what I want. I think this one is getting there.

I used the synthetic Yupo surface , a very slippery, plastic “paper” and I worked with pigment ink or liquid acrylic because of the intensity of colour. I have worked on Yupo before with watercolour paint and the colour lifts off easily. I thought the pigment ink would be similar but ,of course, as it is acrylic,

Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania

Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania

it stays permanently in place. There is a lot of negative painting in this to retain the lights.

Pelican, watercolour, air blowing technique again

Pelican… w:c air blow methodLast night I came across this photo of a watercolour of a pelican which I did a year or so ago using the same process mentioned in the previous post. This one sold rather quickly but I had intended to do a seies of birds in this manner. As often happens other things took over. Maybe this time if I find a good, appropriate place to have an exhibition I will be inspired to produce a collection of these. I do so enjoy the process and the bit of mystery and movement of the end result. Satisfies both my love of careful rendition and drawing…. my Science/Biology background…. and my love of playing with paint effects in a fluid and creative manner…. my “wild”, emotional art side.

Watercolour technique… air blowing

I started this watercolour by drawing then painting (initial washes) the bird in flight. I then used masking fluid on the bird to protect it so I could work freely on the background. Next the 3 cool primaries were poured on the randomly damp surface. Dropping extra paint, wet-into-wet, the paint was blown across the surface with short sharp blasts of air directed with a drinking straw. Some areas were sprayed with water and on occasion a very soft, damp, Chinese goat hair brush was gently touched to the surface in places to guide and blend some of the paint. After drying the masking fluid was removed. The bird was re-worked and the branch described in a loose manner. The final step was adding my signature chop which I chose rather than conventional western style signature as I felt it fitted with the style of work… the Zen influenceNegotiating Life's Hurdles.

Watercolour techniques… clingwrap

For the past week with my art classes we have been enjoying using cling wrap to create exciting textures in watercolour. With practise one can have a degree of control over the patterning but as with many of the techniques I prefer, part of the art creativity is the serendipity of it, and working with what happens. My starting thoughts for this particular painting were sunlight and forest. I chose a lemon yellow, cyan and a little red (all transparent), put bold colour on the wet paper, arranged the cling wrap then left sitting for a while before drying with the hairdrier (in a class I often need to hasten drying of my demo works). I then worked quite extensively into this “base” letting the patterns suggest the evolution of the piece.
Can you see the remnants of the cling wrap patterning? I do not like such techniques to be too obvious. They should enhance the painting not be the primary focus.
We will look at this again in classes this week so if you are able to attend a session on Tuesday or Wednesday evening (7.30) or Friday afternoon (1p.m), you will get instruction in this. (I can provide gear).

Forest mystery

Forest mystery