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!!!!!!)

Mixed media paintings… the playful artist


wilderness track

wilderness track

For those of us who like to play with art materials and explore new avenues without boundaries, mixed media is wonderful. Above, “Wilderness Track” is a large work painted in acrylic which was applied from very dilute, like watercolour, to thick impasto painted on with a palette knife. Pencils, oil pastel, soft pastel sumi ink and white pigment ink were all applied at various stages. The ground was an Art Spectrum Colorfix paper in a rich terracotta colour, hence the warm overall glow. The inspiration was a coastal walking track on Tasmania.s Tarkine coast. Walking between the towering angular rocks is amazing.

Raw

Raw

On one of the days over Easter 2015 when I was, with about 70 other artists,on Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast, I was taken on a 4WD expedition down past the sealed tracks. To get to such remote and wild places was unforgettable. It is the geology of the area that continually attracts me…. and of course the ever changing ocean and sky.This work is also painted on Colorfix paper, this time in a warm grey. After working with very wet acrylic paints and a spray bottle of water, I used  the side of the wet solid Sumi ink stick  and  a little liquid ink applied with a rigger brush to keep the stokes fluid and loose. Finally linear marks with charcoal and a touch of pastel completed the textural effects for which I was aiming.IMG_8994This third painting was about the intensity of the colour of the red lichen so it was started with oil paint stick and oil pastel on a very rough Fabriano watercolour paper. Light watercolour washes were applied to the sky and sea as a foil for the heavy texture of the rocks. Watercolour was also applied as glazes over the rocks, with the previously applied oil based media acting as a resist, thus retaining the intense colour.  Finally Sumi ink was added in three ways….. dragging the broad end of the wet stick across the paper, drawing some crevice lines directly with the wet stick, applying the ink using 2 brushes to direct flow for tonal areas, and varied ways of applying with a rigger brush. Wonderful textures resulted.  
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This small,  quick work was completed primarily with acrylic applied with a palette knife and fingers. Final touches were added with Sumi ink and a little oil pastel. It captures the drama and inspiring natural forms of this threatened wilderness area.

WYNYARD EXHIBITION…… “TOUCH”


“Touch” is the title of my exhibition at Wonders of Wynyard in September. I will hang the works on Sunday 2nd, and the exhibition will conclude on Sunday 30th.

About the exhibition…….  TOUCH… tactile experiences, textures,  “touching”  emotional experiences, keeping in touch…….  there are many ways the term touch can be explored. What started as a look at creating textures in my paintings has grown into a wider exploration of “Touch”.

You are invited to the LAUNCH on SATURDAY 8th September at 2.30  

Shown here are two of the works to be hung. The wave uses mixed media including collage to build up the range of textures experienced in rugged coastal areas. The semi abstracted landscape was painted in watercolour technique including the use of salt on beautiful, soft silk. Having done some computer art I strongly feel that the tactile experiences… the touch of the materials including the flow of brushstrokes….. is a critical element in my art experiences.

Tasmanian Art Exhibition entries (Eskleigh 2012)


This year I have entered three small works in the Eskleigh exhibition. There is no traditional landscape of a recognisable location, rather I have selected different media for their ability to communicate a particular mood or intent. Each painting is accompanied by a short (max25 words) statement which I have included here.

 

Meditation. (Watercolour). Light filled space, calligraphic foliage, balance. Simplicity. Zen influences create a meditation on paper.

Beach Abstraction. (Coloured Pencil: Inktense and watercolour pencils). Exaggerating the colours and tonal contrasts emphasises the abstract qualities of these natural forms (bull kelp).

Industrial (acrylic, encaustic and gold leaf on gallery stretched canvas) Representing the range of textures evident in industrial areas, usually adjacent to water. Polluted landscapes, but within, spots of beauty can be discovered.

I love orange


I have never thought of myself as a big fan of orange. Is it a new post-cataract surgery colour vision thing?. Is it the hot weather making me subconsciously feel I have to paint the heat? I really don’t know but these are two recent small works on canvas.

“Industrial” is true mixed media… I almost threw everything at it. Starting with acrylic, partly applied with a palette knife  in impasto style with texture media and some mica paste, I then used encaustic and a few spots of gold leaf. I love the textures… some flat, thin passages, others thick and luscious with the richness of pigmented beeswax.

“Global warming?” is a luminous acrylic where I have experimented with new ways of applying the paint using, in part, crackle medium which did not work the way it should. That was great as I love the way the surface is subtly broken in places. I would love to repeat this in a larger work but I think it is truly a one-off as I don’t know if the same “mistakes” will happen again!!! It possibly works better smaller anyway as small encourages the viewer to look more closely at that textural surface.