It is still a bit cool of an evening but the days have been sunny and clear as we enjoy spring. The camellias and daffodils look so fresh and colourful and I am enjoying the garden delights both in the garden and indoors. This watercolour shows some of my garden blooms. I have reproduced this painting onto fridge magnets (available for $4 post free) (size 50 x 90 mm)
Today I was doing more of what I love most…. my original paintings in miniature on silk. This time I made the artworks (and some which I had painted previously) into brooches. All except one are watercolour technique. The odd one out incorporates gutta outline. Some of these were painted to match some of my silk scarves to be offered for sale as a set. The brooch, by itself, retails at $20 AUD (post free) so if you would like one, please let me know. If the one you want is sold, sorry, you miss out. That is because for watercolour technique on silk, the way I work, it is not possible to repeat the painting. Each is a unique, handpainted, original artwork. They are 60mm in diameter and treated with a UV and stain resistant finish for silk.
My husband is a keen fisherman, especially loving fly fishing. I enjoy painting landscape, mostly scenes with water in them. What a perfect match as we live in Tasmania, the most wonderful location for both of these activities. This watercolour is still small, being 26x18cm but not as small as the previous fishing painting which was a card (14.5×10.5cm)
Over Christmas/New year I sold out of my encaustic art pendants so I have been doing more after finally obtaining the antique look, oval pendant trays I prefer.
Each pendant contains one of my small original encaustic art paintings…. a painting made using melted pigmented wax. I have protected the artwork with a domed clear glass cabochon which, in effect, acts as a magnifier for the image. The oval image is 1.8 by 2.5 cm. The whole pendant is 3 by 3.7 cm and attached to a matching, coloured silk cord or a silver snake chain. Encaustic allows great depth depiction and within the abstracted shapes the viewer discovers there own meaning. It is so special to wear one off original paintings as a jewellery item and I certainly get a lot of positive comments when I wear them. These are for sale at $25 each, which includes postage. Contact me or to make things easier, over winter I hope to get my Etsy shop organised.
Apologies that the photos were mostly taken after framing so the quality is not necessarily high. Of course the look better in life. If you wish to know the size of any please message me. They are a mixture of previously shown and new works.
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.
Most landscape painters will be tempted to paint a sunset at some time. One thing I tell my students is to make sure the do not just use black (I don’t actually use any black) for the very dark silhoutted shapes. I liven them with an underpainting of the brightest hues in the painting, then I bring in the darks mixed from the darkest pigments on the palette. I usually “mix” as much on the painting surface as on the palette to keep some life in the darks too. This view of Chasm Creek also had a few buildings within the dark area. This was good as it gave some relief. This painting is all about the light.
On the easels in the studio I am back to a favourite subject… Tasmania’s coastline.
These both been started as demonstrations for students working on canvas. The large Bluff Point one is a scene which I have painted before. I want a painting of this for myself but the 4 I have done so far (oil miniature, larger acrylic on canvas and 2 quarter sheet watercolours have sold…. maybe this one will stay with me…. of course I don’t have to put them out for sale but I do like to share my creations). The source photo is one of my favourites, taken on a day when it had been raining, then the sun shone brilliantly while still the sky was dark to the west. We walked for ages towards the water along a gouged track in the sand. Such contrast of colours and the wonderful fresh air of our “wild west” coast. As I write this I can feel our rugged coastline beckoning again…. instead I will go to the studio and try to capture those intense feelings on canvas.
The second work is almost complete but will have a she oak (Casurina) on the lhs. I have pencilled this twiggy, wind blown specimen in. Such vegetation is typical of our coastal areas and its many little twigs are a contrast to the sweeping curves of the beach and sand beyond. I was happy with the broken shells and pebbles to the fore…… as I look I can “feel” them under my feet and you do sense they are on a raised area above the sweeping beach. Bakers Beach is a magnificent long stretch near Devonport Tasmania. Part of the State National Park System it is a haven for wildlife (wombats abound and there is a large area for waterbirds). Often there are few if any people on the beach this side of Griffith Point……. you can walk along and sing with the wind and no-one will even know. Love it.
Yesterday I posted 12 silk scarves which I painted for the Tasmnanian Society for the Gifted. …. a commission for the committee to wear at their forthcoming state conference. I forgot to photograph all of them but this one gives an idea of the “same but different” scarves… all individually handpainted. What a great way to identify the committee.
And on Saturday I will deliver the painting of Goat Island. Of the three watercolours I did from which the commissioner could select, she chose the one I, and all my students, preferred….. the island appeared closer which made for a more dynamic composition.
Last night I came across this photo of a watercolour of a pelican which I did a year or so ago using the same process mentioned in the previous post. This one sold rather quickly but I had intended to do a seies of birds in this manner. As often happens other things took over. Maybe this time if I find a good, appropriate place to have an exhibition I will be inspired to produce a collection of these. I do so enjoy the process and the bit of mystery and movement of the end result. Satisfies both my love of careful rendition and drawing…. my Science/Biology background…. and my love of playing with paint effects in a fluid and creative manner…. my “wild”, emotional art side.