I added a figure to my Meander Falls Watercolour to emphasis the power of the water both in its tumble over the vertical rock face and the swirling around in the steam bed below. In our lives we like to feel in control and many feel powerful in some manner. But compared with nature our power is somewhat insignificant. In the Zen art which influences my work, the human figure is generally relatively insignificant. The updated version of Meander Falls is on display at the NWAC exhibition at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery. My second piece is my glass sculpture which was shown in Hobart at the Material Girl Exhibition and is now on display in Devonport. Unfortunately I could not make it to the opening but will certainly call in to see the works and intend to paint at the Artists in Action on Sunday July 1st.
This is my entry in the Meandering exhibition, landscape section…. an exhibition at Launceston Country Club of paintings of Meander Valley in Northern Tasmania. This view of Meander Falls with gushing water has the sense of energy for which I was aiming. It is essentially a traditional watercolour using a very wet technique on Fabriano Torchon extra rough paper. The paper is wonderful for creating interesting textural effects due to its unnusual rough surface. Being very soft it is a bit tricky to work on but well worth the effort. Beyond the pure representational in this watercolour, the rock wall symbolises the solid foundations needed to build a strong community while the flowing water represents the dynamicism of change