While busy at this time of year restocking and going to events, I have managed to complete some of the commissioned work and have sent a couple off to their new homes. The watercolour above went to live in NSW yesterday. I have previously done a “Fly Fishing Tasmania” in a landscape format and reproduced it on fridge magnets. The challenge for this commission was to create a similar feel in a portrait format, making sure to capture the sense of light.
This encaustic pendant, inspired by the skies of Aurora Australis, will be off to USA to match the bangle bought by a lovely lady visiting Hobart on a cruise. I also need to do a silk bracelet for her to match a pendant she bought. I have done 3 paintings for it but none are quite a close enough match so I will work on that again today.
At the craft Fair I had some small matted watercolours of my “Ladies Day Out” loose style figures. These are based on Robert Wade’s “Bob’s Blobs” which I so loved when I attended a watercolour workshop with him years ago. I really enjoy doing these and the instructions for this were…… 3 friends dressed in red, yellow and purple. I did 3 works (all have been collected…. this was a practise), so the “three amigos” will each have one. What a lovely idea for an original Christmas gift for special friends.
My husband is a keen fisherman, especially loving fly fishing. I enjoy painting landscape, mostly scenes with water in them. What a perfect match as we live in Tasmania, the most wonderful location for both of these activities. This watercolour is still small, being 26x18cm but not as small as the previous fishing painting which was a card (14.5×10.5cm)
Fly Fishing, watercolour A popular recreation in Tasmania
I added a figure to my Meander Falls Watercolour to emphasis the power of the water both in its tumble over the vertical rock face and the swirling around in the steam bed below. In our lives we like to feel in control and many feel powerful in some manner. But compared with nature our power is somewhat insignificant. In the Zen art which influences my work, the human figure is generally relatively insignificant. The updated version of Meander Falls is on display at the NWAC exhibition at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery. My second piece is my glass sculpture which was shown in Hobart at the Material Girl Exhibition and is now on display in Devonport. Unfortunately I could not make it to the opening but will certainly call in to see the works and intend to paint at the Artists in Action on Sunday July 1st.