This is a scene I have painted before because I just love going back, mentally/emotionally, to the day we walked down from the lighthouse along this track carved through the dunes on Tasmania’s West Coast. The weather had been very changeable but now the sun was out, intensifying the colour contrasts with the white sand. I so wanted to reach the water but we ran out of time. I never will walk the stretch to the water’s edge but as I paint I feel myself being immersed again in the wonder of our wilderness in Tasmania. I have entered this work in TasArt, one of Tasmania’s premiere art exhibitions. It is a selected exhibition so this painting may not be hung but that is OK…. it does for me what I want…. takes me back to a lovely day at a wonderful location. I have titled it Light After the Storm, not only because of the weather change, but also as a reminder that even through stormy passages in our lives things can turn out wonderfully. If it sells, that is great…. someone else feels the emotion with which this was painted. If not that is fine too…. the other 3 of this scene (a miniature, a watercolour and an acrylic) have sold and I do want one for myself eventually.
Did sell on opening night… guess I have to do another for me. Won’t be straight away but I will tackle it again.
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)
I was proud to be presented with a gold medal for the President’s choice at this exhibition. If in Launceston you must have a look at the Australian Society for Miniature Art 2012 Annual Exhibition. Such variety this year and our artists are very skilled. Little treasures to hold in the hand, or display individually or as a group on a wall without needing a big space.