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)

Painting on Yupo


Anyone who follows my art knows that I love experimenting. For some time I have been trying to paint my memories of when I could go into caves.  Karst geology is fascinating and we have wonderful examples of Karst system caves in Tasmania. I am rarely happy with my  paintings of the limestone caves and I have been pondering how to get closer to what I want. I think this one is getting there.

I used the synthetic Yupo surface , a very slippery, plastic “paper” and I worked with pigment ink or liquid acrylic because of the intensity of colour. I have worked on Yupo before with watercolour paint and the colour lifts off easily. I thought the pigment ink would be similar but ,of course, as it is acrylic,

Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania

Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania

it stays permanently in place. There is a lot of negative painting in this to retain the lights.