Painting on canvas from a reference photo.


Reference photo from Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast, Tasmania. Actually I took a number of photos at different exposure because the lighting was tricky. I was careful to compose my photo so that it would create a good composition for a painting. I was drawn to the geology and the colourful seaweed draped over the rocks… and of course the location!!!!!!

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Quick sketch with dilute paint. I draw loosely with the brush using dilute raw sienna rather than carefully with a pencil, as I want a free flowing work capturing the essence of the location rather than absolute photographic accuracy. This is really just a basic compositional guide to fit the features into the format of the canvas.

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First layers of paint. For the sky I mainly applied the paint with my hand and fingers….. for the rocks, more boldly with a flat brush and palette knife.

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I rather liked the white canvas for the sea in the photo above, but not in reality, so I added “sea” and more rocks.,,,, especially another layer on the right hand side.

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The sea needed lightening and a bit more variation in hue and tone, and I painted the rocks in the sea. IMG_0058

Still to go…. a few more little rocks to help link the sand to the larger formations and the decision as to how much “decoration” to include…. seaweed, twigs, beach debris.

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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)

Paintings from the Tarkine Coast (Tasmania’s wild west)


These are some of the works that were painted on site or have been evolving since my visit to Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast over Easter. More to come. Working on a larger acrylic using texture medium because I love the texture of the rocks there, but I am out of white and so is my supplier!. Frustration! I have to wait for an order from another supplier to arrive…. can get other brands but I likeAtelier Interactive.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

The lichen on the rocks is amazing. this is a mm work using oil resists with watercolour and ink on rough paper to refelct the coarse textures of the subject.

Nelson Bay watercolour

Metamorphosed strata protrude from sand and surf

on site watercolour and Sumi Ink. Kings Run. JPG

Painted quickly on site on a bright but overcast day. The rough Langton paper helped with suggesting the pebbled shore

WC and ink, on site, Kings Run

The first work painted on site… watercolour and sumi ink…. setting the mood and getting into the flow. Sitting in this location grinding ink on a stone and letting watercolour float over the paper’s surface is so meditative.