I have not done an oil painting for a while, apart from miniatures, so enjoyed getting them out to do this commissioned work. The commissioner specified he wanted the colours in the foreground gum tree trunk and the old shingled hut in snow. I loved getting the palette knife out. I will post this week to reach him for Christmas after waiting for it to cure sufficently.
Cradle Mt is not Tasmania’s tallest mountain but it is an icon. Located at the Northern end of the Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park, the dolerite peaks tower above Lake Dove (Lake St Clair is down the Southern end of the reserve, a five day trek which many walkers enjoy but which must be approached with good planning due to the very variable weather which may be experienced).
I enjoy painting our Tasmanian landscape, showing here the hard edged dolerite crags and the muted greens of the alpine vegetation. Typically there is cloud or mist encroaching from the west (right hand side) and often visitors are disappointed to find the mountain has “disappeared” . But this was a clear day so the majesty of “The Cradle” and Little Horn could be fully enjoyed.
Cradle Mt on a Clear Day, watercolour 2017, 36x26cm SOLD
Here is that mist that encroaches from the west.
A Whisper of Misty cloud (Cradle Mt), watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx) SOLD
….. and a hint of Autumn Colour from further along the walk.
A Hint of Autumn at Cradle Mt, watercolour 2017, 18x26cm (approx)
Every year Tasmanian Regional Arts has a themed competition open to female artists. This year’s theme was Serendipity (entry was in 2016 for the 2017 exhibition). I am proud that for the fourth year in a row I am one of the finalists with a work titled “Les Femmes”. Accompaning the work is an artist’s statement, addressing the theme.
“SERENDIPITY”. My favourite word.
In my art serendipity is perennially evident…. the flow of wet in wet watercolour, spattering, spraying and working in partnership with the medium to see what evolves. Fluidity and serendipity…. they go hand in hand in much of my creative, non-illustrative, art. With my students I also encourage them to be brave, go with the flow and enjoy the serendipity of some styles of art.
I have worked with encaustic waxes with the little craft iron in craft work for a few years but this year went to a workshop in NSW to do larger works on board with encaustic medium brushed on and using a flame (heat gun), incorporating oils, and even setting fire to shellac on the surface. “Art-alchemy” and what wonderful fluidity and serendipity as forms emerge out of the coloured, molten surface. A degree of control, decision making about scraping back and other approaches but enjoying the serendipitous nature of this new medium.
In this work, “Les Femmes”, female forms emerged….. …….2016, an exciting new, fluid medium, suggestion of female, and the theme of Material Girl….. serendipity indeed!!!!
Post Script…. unfortunately TRA will cease due to cut in government funding. Sad for the art world of our tiny island state.
My Friday afternoon art class currently has primarily people who have worked in various Science fields. I too was a maths/Science teacher, so often our conversation turns to discussions related to Science and of course, art. One of the ladies, Caroline Smith, wrote this article for Earth Song. She conveys my thoughts very well….. primarily that observation is the key linking factor but the method of/purpose behind recording those observations changes.
I was so proud that of all the excellent articles with art work in this issue of Earth Song, my painting was chosen for the cover. The bird is painted reasonably accurately (within the limitations of a very rough textured watercolour paper) while the interpretative background is painted freely, incorporating spattering, blowing paint trails and energetic use of a rigger brush.
Destination Unknown, watercolour with Sumi ink and Chop signature)
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
I have been looking over artworks I have done in the post year and selecting 12 (plus one for the cover) for a 2017 calendar with the theme Tasmania from my Brush. I wanted variety within the cohesion of Tasmania, generally with locations identifiable to some degree. Then there is consideration of selecting ones that will fit with the format of the calendar (though the silk fire one will have extra space either side, generally I chose landscape format). They also need enough contrast to print well. These are half of the works I will use.
Nelson Bay, Tarkine Coast SOLD
Tarkine Inferno SOLD
Tessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck SOLD
The Great Western Tiers SOLD
Tors, Mt wellington
Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast
“1945” Encaustic incorporating photos (photo transfer) dad took in Hiroshima immediately after the dropping of the bomb in 1945. Also incorporated is a photo transfer of a copy of the peace treaty he was given as a witness to its signing. I do not do many historical works but this is special. For many years I had been wanting to do an artwork based on dad’s experience but could never find the right medium….. until I discovered encaustic art. Perfect to suggest the devastation and the age and I could use copies of his actual photos. On display at Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania as part of Burnie Coastal Art Groups. TasArt exhibition.
“After the Fires, 2016″. Encaustic. I finally finished this work, started some months ago. Tasmania experienced unprecedented fires in 2016 and returning to some of the charred wilderness areas I find they are both sad and hauntingly beautiful. That is what I aimed to relate in this wax work. Setting fire to shellac on the surface, gives another link of the artwork’s creation and the fires we experienced. On Display at the Tasmanian Art Awards at Eskleigh, Perth Tasmania, first weekend November 2016.
“Quiet Times, Nelson Bay, Tarkine Coast”. Watercolour. It had been a wet day but on dusk the rain cleared and soft colours were so soothing. A quick photo shoot to record the changing light and later in the studio this watercolour took me back to the moment.
“Struggle for Survival, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tarkine Coast”. Acrylic with texture paste on gallery stretch canvas. I did this work earlier this year but felt the bleached log was too stark so recently re-worked that. Happier now as the red lichen takes on a more important role. The branch and bleached twigs are skeletons decaying, but rotting down they provide nutrients for the native geranium in its own pocket. Lichen is an amazing organism which is incredibly well adapted to harsh conditions such as here on Tasmania’s West Coast. On display at TASART Burnie 2016
“Tree top Eagle”, watercolour. The eye was improved after taking this photo. A small work makes it tricky to do the eye detail Sold
WIP. Wedge Tail Eagle. Watercolour. Contrasting with the “wildness” of encaustic I have also enjoyed doing some careful illustration of birds over the past couple of weeks.” Ihis will be on display at my stall at the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine, Nov 3 to 7th, 2016
I love geology and looking at patterns in rocks, their colours and textures. As well as the scientific observations I do enjoy doing paintings of rocks. Tasmania’s (Australia) North West and West Coast are wonderful spots for inspiration for rock based paintings. These 3 are all painted in acrylic (Atelier Interactive) on Canvas board (10×14 inch = 25.4×35.6cm). I have used Matisse modelling compound (my preferred of the many texture media I have tried) to achieve textural effects in the 2 Tarkine works.
To apply the paint and medium I have used both brushes and palette knives.
Top left: Kings Run, Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness (SOLD) Bottom Left: Goat Island , Penguin Coast Rd, NW Tasmania ($100) Right: Red Lichen, Sarah Anne Rocks, Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness ($100)
I wish I could get to Hobart for the opening of the Tarkine in Motion exhibition tomorrow evening. Artworks evolving out of 70 artists responding to Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness will be on display at Hobart’;s Long Gallery until 4th February 2016. (50 of the 70 artists exhibiting in the is huge display).
Tasmania is fairly small yes, but it is about a 4 hour drive each way from our home to Hobart, so it is not as easy as non Tasmanian’s might think to “pop down” to our capital city.
I have already delivered some works to be hung but I have seen mine…. I really want to see those of everyone else. We will get down for bump out…. hopefully before others start collecting their treasures.
As you will see from these images of 4 of the 5 works I sent to be considered for inclusion, I was drawn, as usual, to the coast, the raw energy, the water movement and especially the rocks.
Geo-artscape, Sarah Anne Rocks. Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Red Lichen, Acrylic on Colourfix
The Calm Belies the Turmoil. Acrylic on stretched canvas
The preliminary photo from Dan Broun of setting up looks good. A treasure trove of photography, painting, printmaking and jewellery…. and there will be floor talks. There have already been a number of musical and film performances which have been presented to enthusiastic audiences in Hobart. We want to save this last bit of Gondwanaland with its rich indigenous heritage rather than have it destroyed by logging and mining. Ironically, at present, much is under bushfires started by dry lightening strikes. Lets hope, at least, the old rainforest is not damaged too much. We so desperately need rain
These are some of the works that were painted on site or have been evolving since my visit to Tasmania’s Tarkine Coast over Easter. More to come. Working on a larger acrylic using texture medium because I love the texture of the rocks there, but I am out of white and so is my supplier!. Frustration! I have to wait for an order from another supplier to arrive…. can get other brands but I likeAtelier Interactive.