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
Following on from the previous post, the She Oak has been added to my Bakers Beach acrylic on stretched canvas. You can see what I mean about this twiggy windswept coastal vegetation contrasting with soft clouds and the sweep of the sand and water. The colour contrast with the sky is also appealed to me and was a reason for taking the reference photo at that spot.
She Oak, Bakers Beach, Tasmania Acrylic on canvas
This second work is an acrylic on “canvas paper” which was a demonstration for last night’s art class. My ladies deviated from watercolour to try their hand at acrylics and did a great job. My reference for this was a photo of West Point in Burnie, just behind the Makers Workshop. Last time I was there the weather was rather stormy and incredibly windy with the sea surging energetically. The lure of the subtle colour of the late afternoon sky to the west drew me out with my camera. I may still touch this up a bit but am not quite sure as working quickly often captures the vitality of such moments better than a carefully rendered and laboured work.
“Whipped Sea” West Point, Burnie, Tasmania Acrylic on canvas paper