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.
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
All my posts lately have been photo challenges and I have so enjoyed them and the friends I have met and sites I have visited through joining in. But it is about time to put some paintings up again. On my facebook page (EvAntArtTas…..link button to the right) I have been putting on a daily art post after being nominated for the 3/5 art challenge. My fist day I showed different approaches to flowers/botanical art and my second day I showed some of my carefully rendered miniatures in oil paint. For these miniatures I have written a haiku as I find it somewhat incongruous that miniature art (painting) and the short Haiku verse are tiny creations in their respective fields but both have more rules governing structure than their larger counterparts. Somewhat strange too, that a person who likes bending the rules and extending or overlapping beyond the boxed categories is interested in the tight controls of the forms. But then I was an orderly Maths and Science teacher before I released my creative urges.
Barn Bluff, Lake Windemere, Cradle Mt National Park, Tasmania. 75x75mm
Purple knob beckons
Above golden plains and gums
Icy tarn below
Native Iris, Lake Lea, NW Tasmania. Oil.13x3cm
White Iris stand tall
Flags under a broody sky
White for peace, serene.
Approaching Devonport, Mt Roland NW Tasmania. Oil 73mm square
Mt Roland beyond the hills
Catches evening light
Between entertaining visitors and blogging 101 tasks and visiting other people’s blogs I have been in my studio creating. Here are 6 new pendants each containing an encaustic art original in miniature. The pigmented wax is so vibrant and the resultant image has real depth. My encaustic jewellery is proving to be very popular and I LOVE doing them
Encaustic art original wax paintings in pendant settings
…. these were scanned in using the printer scanner. I will try to get a better image with the camera… but in daylight.
My first artworks for the transition from 2014 to 2015 are these miniature encaustic paintings presented in little “frames” that you can wear. I love doing this with my art. Although I have done murals and enjoy doing works of all sizes I have always had a special love for the little. And as our walls are full, and modern design declares minimalism is the way to go, I am excited to be presenting my paintings as wearable art. No reproductions here. Each is a unique painting….. encaustic (pigmented wax), manipulated in its molten state, to form an interesting composition often suggestive (intentionally) of flowers from my garden….. iris, poppies, tulips….. And they are affordable (bracelets $33 includes postage in Australia, or I will pay half of postage overseas (customer pays the other half. At the rate these have sold they won’t hang around in my studio for long so let me know if you want one. bangle is lead and nickel free and is adjustable from small to medium/largish. The cover is a glass cabochon attached with E600 adhesive. The image is an original impressionist style painting using artist’s quality pigmented wax. Care instructions…… clean/polish glass with a soft cloth. Do not leave the artwork directly in front of a heater which is on high or on the dashboard of a car in summer unless you want to modify the image! Normal hot temperatures are OK… if your body can stand the heat, the artwork can too.
Today I was doing more of what I love most…. my original paintings in miniature on silk. This time I made the artworks (and some which I had painted previously) into brooches. All except one are watercolour technique. The odd one out incorporates gutta outline. Some of these were painted to match some of my silk scarves to be offered for sale as a set. The brooch, by itself, retails at $20 AUD (post free) so if you would like one, please let me know. If the one you want is sold, sorry, you miss out. That is because for watercolour technique on silk, the way I work, it is not possible to repeat the painting. Each is a unique, handpainted, original artwork. They are 60mm in diameter and treated with a UV and stain resistant finish for silk.
I have been scanning and coding my silk pendants to send to a gallery for selection of ones to purchase at wholesale price. Each is in a good quality finely made gold setting with the silk stretched over a domed metal insert. The original watercolour style paintings on silk are individually painted so each is an original artwork in miniature. I do not use anything to restrict the flow of the dyes as I love the serendipitous effect of watercolour technique. The finished paintings are fixed, then after mounting are treated with a uv and stain resistant finish.
This week I have said goodbye to a number of artworks. The ink and watercolour wash painting of the old hut at Arm River was collected by happy Jen from Penguin. The prize which I offered to a randomly selected “liker” of my Facebook page https://evantart.wordpress.com was delivered to Barbara from Ulverstone (and I enjoyed a chat and cuppa and looking at her art works…. a couple of which were painted when she attended my workshops). Alana collected the acrylic of Base Camp, Mt Everest to give to her husband for his birthday in memory of their amazing trek. And today I sent three miniatures to their new home in Hobart.
Forest Stream is done in an unusual medium for a miniature work…. oil pastel. If you have worked with oil pastel you may wonder about the choice of this medium for work which is about detail. The reason was the intensity and freshness of the colour especially the lush lime greens and yellows for the sunlit patches. Thickly pressing the colours to the surface and blending in some areas such as the moving water, I laid my base colours. The next step was to scratch into this with various tools…. etching tool, toothpick, blade. This way a layered, almost 3D effect, was achieved and fine details added, even using a pin for some of the finest linear marks. I do love exploring different media but am careful to chose a suitable subject. I think for this forest stream scene oil pastel was perfect.
Mt Oakleigh and Tarkine Coast are both painted with H2Oils on foamcore. I have found this to be a wonderful combination for miniature work as the smooth surface allows fine detail, smoothly blended passages or dry brush scumbling. In these landscapes the challenge is to suggest the vastness of our wilderness areas on a painting surface measuring about 6×6 cm. They are intimate little works which hang well as a group on a wall, or sit comfortably in the hand while you sit in a chair allowing the image to “transport” you to our wilderness grandeur. Mt Oakleigh is in Cradle Mt, Lake St Clair National Park and the Tarkine is a threatened area of Tasmania’s West coast.
MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK WITH ME at a workshop a Sheffield Working Artspace (TRAK) on April 21st. Follow the link to their blog for more info.
This is an activity I ran at the recent Scouts Jamboree held in Tasmania (more photos of participants’ work to come). The pages are of handmade paper onto which I have done some ink painting, pasted in some Tasmania in Miniature actual size prints of my paintings and incorporated snippets of abstract acrylic monoprints. The book measures only 105 x125 mm so fits comfortable in the hand for a personal interaction.
These miniatures were painted just before my cataract surgery (sizes 80x55mm and 98x55mm). They seemed OK but they day after the surgery I can see a few specs to fix. Whites are “Omo white” (oldies will understand what I am on about)