WATERCOLOURS …painting atmosphere freestyle

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This style of work contrasts with the drawing of the shells and the drawn gutta outlines of poppies. It is about painting the atmosphere, the feeling of what it is like outdoors in the elements. I particularly like capturing the movement of water… crashing  waves, the misty atmosphere saturated with water droplets and water tumbling over rocks. Perhaps this comes in part from my favorite place as a child (Launceston’s Cataract Gorge….in flood…. wow!) and now living by the coast.

They are also about exploring he beauty of the medium… watercolour… on soft, highly textured papers. The next post will show some small (A4) works on handmade paper from Burnie’s Creative Paper at the Makers Workshop. In October I will be taking some workshops painting beach atmosphere in watercolour at The Makers in Burnie. (also one on Brushwork and Sumi E and one on drawing and painting beach treasures such as shells).

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.