New… silk miniature in Tasmanian Huon Pine Porthole frame


Tasmania is an island. The first white settlers came by sea so a porthole format for presenting artworks seems to me to be connected with our history. I have chosen that shape for my latest creation, collaborating with an expert wood craftsman, Bruce Hays. I wanted Tasmanian timber surrounds in which to present my watercolour on silk miniatures. Originally they were to be pendants but I decided on brooches or, in this case, with a small timber back stand attached so it is free standing.

silk-painting-green-pastures-in-huon-pine-frame

This prototype,  inspired by the greens of our Northwest Coast of Tasmania (especially at present after all the rain), is in a Houn pine frame

Advertisements

Tasmanian Waterfall… mixed media watercolour


I have a lovely friend (Laurie Davison) who takes the most magnificent photos of Tasmanian waterfalls and gets to ones no-one else does. No way could I walk where he does, so he has kindly allowed me to do my loose painterly interpretations of his photo.

This is a waterfall near Deloraine in the Meander Valley, Tasmania, at the base of the Western Tiers. I loved the greens in his photo, indicating the excellent environmental health of the area. So good to see.

A little more work to do on this. Mixed media painting, but it captures the freshness of our Tasmanian Wilderness

good health

I started with oil pastel as a resist to make sureI got some fresh greens and texture. The support is 300gsm Saunders Rough paper. After the oil pastel came the watercolour, wet in wet, but reserving some whites by not painting the area. A bit of dry brush for sparkle. Sumi ink for some calligraphic strokes. Scraping with a blade to bring back a few more sparkles and a few strokes of Chinese white. Inktense pencils were used to re-enforce some areas.

Gotta love playing with mixed media. I am fortunate to have a huge amount of art materials (the clock is ticking and I feel the urge to make sure I use them all!!!!!!)

Back to silk watercolours… card and new design pendant/brooch


Continuing on my quick painting in under 20 minutes a day (day 11) I have returned to my love of the flow of silk paints on silk in watercolour technique (no resist or anti-diffusant). The card is painted on a thick satin silk and the paints do not move freely on that. They almost need to be scrubbed in, for example, by using a taklon brush rather than my usual goat or squirrel mix. The large brooch, painted on 10 mommie Habutai, I have managed to adapt at the back so it can also be worn as a pendant. Simply add a chain of your choice. It sits very well and the findings for the pendant adaptation are not visible when it is worn as a brooch. Yay! very versatile! I will have these for sale ($30 I am thinking)……including a long chain but of course you can use your own preferred chain/cord or wear on a velvet choker using the pin from the brooch fitting. I loved chokers in the 70’s so they must be due to be back in fashion.

Silk watercolour in a card $10 with envelope.  blank inside. postage free Actual painting on silk. Not a print.

Silk watercolour in a card
$10 with envelope. blank inside. postage free Actual painting on silk. Not a print.

silk watercolour original pendant/brooch combined. With chain. $30. Postage free. Treated with UV stain resist. 55mm diameter

silk watercolour original pendant/brooch combined. With chain. $30. Postage free. Treated with UV stain resist. 55mm diameter