5 day art challenge… day 5, watercolour on silk


I have been very busy in the studio creating for our busy tourist season. At a wonderful venture initiated by a local Council, Burnie Makers Workshop, I am fortunate to have been selected as a participating artist. I am there as a watercolourist and silk painter. We “Makers” give our time, on a rostered basis, to sit and demonstrate our art/craft to visitors and to chat with them. Cruise ship visit days are especially busy. I do love it.
There is an associated shop and we are able to leave some items for sale in the gift shop area and on the days we attend we can bring in, and set up, a bigger display. I usually demonstrate painting on silk, small paintings which I later put into cards, frames or various jewellery settings.
People who are unfamiliar with silk painting enjoy seeing a different art medium being used and those familiar with silk painting are often intrigued with my preference for a watercolour technique using no resist or antidiffusant of any type. I love the flow of the dyes and the serendipitous aspect of the way the paintings evolve. No two are ever the same. I had been painting for days at MW when it was time to post my final artists’ challenge day so silk painting was a natural choice.

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Free Spirits.... poppies are my favourite flower to paint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

Free Sopirits…. poppies are my favourite flower to apint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

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limited palette watercolour; 2 colours only


There are so many things to learn in watercolour and often choosing colours is something new painters focus on. This is understandable as we are in a very colour conscious, indeed often colour saturated, world. But to show how simple colour harmony and correct tone can result in a pleasing painting without the confusion of a barrage of different colours, I am currently working with just 2 colours with my new watercolour students on a Tuesday (which 2 colours depends on the image the painting is based on, and we discuss this choice first). This little work (card size), was done as a demonstration this week. The 2 colours used were cyan (Maimeri) and Light Red (Winsor and Newton). Working small means it is possible to watch the whole work and observe subtle intentional and incidental changes as they occur. Doing hundreds of these (they do not take long) is a great way to learn how watercolour behaves and I find them very relaxing2 colour watercolour. The location for this painting is Burnie, Tasmania. I often snap a few pictures when I work up there as a silk painter. this was a cold, wet, winter’s day. On such days we often get lovely soft changing light.