Geological influence in painting


Acrylic on Canvas, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania

Acrylic on Canvas, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania

Geo-artscape, Tarkine of the amazing geology of Sarah Anne Rocks of the Tarkine area, Tasmania’s west coast, is the latest painting from my Easter participation in Tarkine in Motion. The event currently has an incredible selection  of photos on display at the Salerno Gallery in Sydney.
This painting is an acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, using texture media to add to the indication of the sharp edged layers of contorted strata. The lichen crust on these rocks ranges from vivid orange to ochres and greenish white.
This region is exposed to the roaring 40s weather system…. it is wild and raw and a visit is truly invigorating. For artists, scientists and conservationists alike this region is very special.
This artwork captures what I feel from the area.
It is for sale and will be on display at Devonport Regional Art Gallery from Friday 15th May for 3 weeks. Price on request. (size 91cm x 61cm)

Goat Island… Penguin Coast Rd, Tasmania


Another commission…. Goat Island, watercolour. This does not need to be done until Christmas but I have been out a couple of times to take resource pictures and the rocks and water inspire me so much I have already done three. No wonder my paintings accumulate… one commission, 3 works done, and months to go! But I do have an exhibition booked for the Gallery at 52 Main in Penguin in March 2014 and my theme will be my favourite…. anything coastal….. so one or more may end up there. I will do some more “moods” …. time of day, weather conditions, tidal positions, maybe even people exploring or the locals (seagulls). It’s the impressionist artist in me.Goat Is Winter

Goat Is evening

Goat Island Echo

Wednesday evening watercolour class


Bakers Beach sand dunes have been the focus for the past two weeks at my Wednesday evening watercolour class. The tree roots clutching at the top of the banks and the twiggy branches of the paperbark are a delightful tangle contrasting with the light colour of the sand and its subtle shadowing. The rather stormy sky adds a bit of drama.

A lovely subject for watercolour but equally I expect

for textural methods with acrylics…. maybe I will try that next (after my commission works…. a number in progress)