Tasmania’s bushfires 2016… inspiration for paintings


Silk painting using watercolour technique. Watercolour technique on silk was the perfect  medium to depict the emotional response to raging fire.Tarkine Inferno

Dragon reflections


Oh dear, this art blog is turning into a photography one. There are so many more photo blogs out there than painting ones and many have challenges which I enjoy. I could put out painting challenges (may do) but they take more time to do. Also photography is so accessible to everyone in this digital age. Anyway photography IS an artform… not necessarily snapshot type but carefully composed, discovered images which communicate. Today I am responding to Cee’s Oddball photo challenge.

Reflection of the Dragon

Reflection of the Dragon

This image of mine is real but looks abstract. It seems to be foil wrapping paper but it is actually reflections in the water of the Dragon Resturant at Lakes Entrance in Victoria. With all the lovely views around the “Dragon reflections” took my eye. The light was strong (late afternoon), the angle just right and I happened to be there at that moment. That is what photography is. A few minutes later and the “Dragon magic” had gone.

Birds in watercolour… flame robin


The flame robin is one of our beautiful, colourful small birds in Tasmania. Although we do not get them in our garden, a friend, Natalia, in nearby Wilmot has resident, chubby, “robin red breasts”. Natalia, took the photo from which I have painted this robin in watercolour. I am lucky that she is so good at taking clear photos and has permitted me to use her image for reference. Still a little twigging to do on this work in progress, and the decision on whether to create a background (if I do I usually design my own, often incorporating our Australian eucalypts). What do you think?
No background emphasises the shapes of the negative spaces and offers no competition to the subject, so the viewer focuses solely on our little feathered friend.
Background gives a sense of place, can lead the eye on a journey and offers more interest in colour and design.

Watercolour, flame robin, a work in progress

Watercolour, flame robin, a work in progress