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!!!!!!)

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Poppies near Deloraine Tasmania: Meander Art Exhibition entry


I completed my Opium poppy fields painting in time to deliver last Monday to Launceston Country Club for the agriculture section of the Meandering Exhibition. I wonder if you can pick the changes from my first posting. If so I hope you feel they improve the work. On view and for sale at Launceston Country Club until end February. View about 45 works by Launceston Art Society members. Great variety

Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas

Opium Poppy Fields, Tasmania


Before Deloraine Craft Fair I started this painting of the poppy crops near Deloraine with Quamby Bluff in the background as my entry in the Launceston Art Society Meandering exhibition 2012. I did not think I really had much left to do to finish it but have spent the last two days on it and there is still much to do to pull it together. Lunch and a cuppa then back to work. To deliver Monday… just as well acrylics dry quickly.

A Sea of White

I do love poppies of any type and the pink to mauve to white carpet make this important and valuable agricultural crop a bonus in its aesthetic appeal. A real drawcard for artists, photographers (a breed of artists) and tourists. I have hundreds of poppy photos but will no doubt still feel compelled to take more this summer.

Diabetes Australia, Tasmania, Raffle Prize Watercolour


Last year I offered an original painting as a prize in the Diabetes Australia, Tasmania Christmas Raffle. Last week I delivered this painting to a delighted winner.Rural Landscape with Quamby Bluff

MEANDERING EXHIBITION ENTRY 2011


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

.  I will conduct a morning workshop on working with this paper on Thursday February 11th at my studio at Forth. Cost $20. Time 10a.m. to 12.30. ph 0419282673