Cradle Mountain watercolours… Tasmanian Icon.


 

Cradle Mt is not Tasmania’s tallest mountain but it is an icon. Located at the Northern end of the Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park, the dolerite peaks tower above Lake Dove (Lake St Clair is down the Southern end of the reserve, a five day trek which many walkers enjoy but which must be approached with good planning due to the very variable weather which may be experienced).

I enjoy painting our Tasmanian landscape, showing here the hard edged dolerite crags and the muted greens of the alpine vegetation. Typically there is cloud or mist encroaching from the west (right hand side) and often visitors are disappointed to find the mountain has “disappeared” . But this was a clear day so the majesty of “The Cradle” and Little Horn could be fully enjoyed.

CradleCradle Mt on a Clear Day, watercolour 2017, 36x26cm

Here is that mist that encroaches from the west.

Cradle Mt with a whisper of cloud     A Whisper of Misty cloud (Cradle Mt), watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx) SOLD

….. and a hint of Autumn Colour from further along the walk.A touch of Autumn at Cradle Mt

A Hint of Autumn at Cradle Mt, watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx)

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New quarter sheet watercolours


The quarter sheet is a wonderful size to work on in watercolour (in my opinion). Watercolour was not originally a medium for large works. On the quarter sheet one has enough room for broad sweeping strokes with a one or 2 inch hake brush and to allow watercolour magic to happen, but is small enough to enable the whole surface to be monitored relatively easily. This is important as timing is critical. These are 4 recent works done as class demonstrations.

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove with buttongrass

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove with buttongrass

Cloudy sky, Goat Is

Cloudy sky, Goat Is

Cumulus clouds along the coast

Cumulus clouds along the coast

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove from boatshed beach

Cradle Mt, Lake Dove from boatshed beach


I did not have any left of Cradle Mt which is why there are 2 new ones here (intended to be out pre Easter…. oh well it is the painting I enjoy, not framing, delivering, pricing etc.). As long as I play with paint the subject is usually irrelevant to me.