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.

sky photos


I have been looking through old photos of skies to select some for Saturday’s watercolour workshop.

soft sunset at Leith, Tasmania

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Scumbling technique for mist


This 40×50 cm acrylic on canvas is the demo painting I worked on at last weekend’s Adult Education workshop. It was painted using the primary colours and white (no black) using brushes and palette knife. The main technique for creating the transparency of the thin veil of mist and the soft but volumous clouds was dry brush scumbling. No wonder I wear my brushes out!

The finished work, titled “Ephemeral Veil”, features Mt Roland and is on display at the Tasmanian Regional Arts Kentish,Acrylic on canvas Working Art Space and Gallery at Albert St Sheffield for July, August.

SOLD. going to live in NSW.