These recent watercolours are part of a set of commissioned works for the Madsen Private Hotel in Penguin. They are refurbishing a room retaining the historic building feel with its prevelance of timber, but with a bit of contemporary flair to link to the presentation of other areas. The works are square…. a bit of a challange for the subjects chosen….. and to fit 50cm square frames.
One set of three works, shown here,
are of tree trunks, a beautiful subject for playing with watercolour…. mingling colours, deliberate watermarks and palette knife effects for texture, and tricklings of Sumi ink. I chose an ultra rough, soft textured paper to enhace the textural properties of the subject.
This is a commissioned work for Thomas’s of W.A. Visiting Tassie they saw me with my art at Penguin Market Artspaces. They liked a small watercolour of an autumn scene but wanted a slightly larger work. I explained that especially with wet techniques in watercolour the works can be similar but never the same. Because of the way I work in a free, loose manner I prefer to enjoy the individual difference (much like re people) rather than try to tightly copy and reproduce a preconceived structure. They benefit too from having a very individual artwork never to be repeated in the same way. I am happy with the result and I never insist the commissioner purchase such works. I would hate someone to end up with a painting that they don’t like. Fortunately they too are happy so now a little of Tassie Autumn will live in W.A.