Painting on canvas from a reference photo.


Reference photo from Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania. Actually I took a number of photos at different exposure because the lighting was tricky. I was careful to compose my photo so that it would create a good composition for a painting. I was drawn to the geology and the colourful seaweed draped over the rocks… and of course the location!!!!!!

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Quick sketch with dilute paint. I draw loosely with the brush using dilute raw sienna rather than carefully with a pencil, as I want a free flowing work capturing the essence of the location rather than absolute photographic accuracy. This is really just a basic compositional guide to fit the features into the format of the canvas.

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First layers of paint. For the sky I mainly applied the paint with my hand and fingers….. for the rocks, more boldly with a flat brush and palette knife.

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I rather liked the white canvas for the sea in the photo above, but not in reality, so I added “sea” and more rocks.,,,, especially another layer on the right hand side.

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The sea needed lightening and a bit more variation in hue and tone, and I painted the rocks in the sea. IMG_0058

Still to go…. a few more little rocks to help link the sand to the larger formations and the decision as to how much “decoration” to include…. seaweed, twigs, beach debris.

Tasmania’s Wild West Coast… Tarkine wilderness video


Over Easter I was part of a group of 70 artists who visited Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness to draw attention to the need to ensure this area is preserved for it’s exceptional beauty, to share with the world and future generations. I was a tiny part of this group which included many photographers, film makers (hence this clip), painters, a jewellery maker, printmaker, musicians, writers, actor….. Do watch this film, it is so inspiring and you will understand why we are passionate about making sure the area is used respectfully.

Tarkine in motion https://youtu.be/7mGvFg-g0Qw via @YouTube

Tarkine Coast, Tasmanian Wilderness, photos


Over Easter I will be joining a group of artists on a special visit to the Tarkine Wilderness of the West Coast of Tasmania. The aim of the expedition is to promote the importance of keeping this unique area as it is for future generations. There is so much natural history here and evidence of the original inhabitants…. the Tasmanian aboriginal people. Such an inspiring place…. wild and rugged, lashed by the roaring forties…. waves that have not touched land since South America. Truly invigorating.
We visited today as a precursor to the Easter trip. here is a little taster…. though today I did not paint as it started to rain, but the photography was fun. DSCF6997

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Geology inspiring art


What inspires your art?
Studying to be a Maths and Science teacher at Uni I loved Geology (well I loved it all actually). Now, as an artist, I often think about how much art was within the geology I studied. Drawing crystal shapes with their faces represented in 3D, recording layers of strata, using symbols in geological mapping, looking at relative grain size…….. This work is based on my experiences with geology, although not of the scientific accuracy.

Geology and art Watercolour and Ink Sheffield, Tasmania

Geology and art
Watercolour and Ink
Sheffield, Tasmania

It also demonstrates the “magic’ of watercolour for suggesting texture. It was recently awarded an encouragement award. I have thoughts to share with you on that term “encouragement award” and will post later on that.