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
It’s only been 4 days but so far I have managed to find 20 minutes a day to enjoy a little art. These quick little works I usually do in watercolour. Watercolour is a quick medium with which to paint, if used in a free, wet manner. To achieve fresh looking paintings watercolour should not be overworked so limiting the time is good practise for the skill required. The one in the circle cut out card is a watercolour on silk.
day 2, yellow rose , watercolour card painted from life
day 2 watercolour on silk card from my imagination
day 4 watercolour card Dahlia painted from life
Day 1, watercolour card Fly fishing from a photo reference