Tasmanian Waterfall… mixed media watercolour


I have a lovely friend (Laurie Davison) who takes the most magnificent photos of Tasmanian waterfalls and gets to ones no-one else does. No way could I walk where he does, so he has kindly allowed me to do my loose painterly interpretations of his photo.

This is a waterfall near Deloraine in the Meander Valley, Tasmania, at the base of the Western Tiers. I loved the greens in his photo, indicating the excellent environmental health of the area. So good to see.

A little more work to do on this. Mixed media painting, but it captures the freshness of our Tasmanian Wilderness

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I started with oil pastel as a resist to make sureI got some fresh greens and texture. The support is 300gsm Saunders Rough paper. After the oil pastel came the watercolour, wet in wet, but reserving some whites by not painting the area. A bit of dry brush for sparkle. Sumi ink for some calligraphic strokes. Scraping with a blade to bring back a few more sparkles and a few strokes of Chinese white. Inktense pencils were used to re-enforce some areas.

Gotta love playing with mixed media. I am fortunate to have a huge amount of art materials (the clock is ticking and I feel the urge to make sure I use them all!!!!!!)

Pencil Pine Falls, Cradle Mt, Tasmania


A little walk at Pencil Pine falls during the week. So much beauty

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Forest Light, watercolour


Like many artists I love depicting light in my paintings. This work was started by flooding cool yellow on the paper from the top right then cyan, ultramarine and a little Maimeri permanent red light (not light red which is more opaque) in varying amounts from the left and base, weighting the base with darker hues. The yellow was to give a sense of light, although at this stage I did not know the resulting scene was to be a forest. My concern was purely to paint atmosphere… the sense of light. The depiction of a setting would come later. I was working with cling film technique with students, so while the work was still damp I covered it with cling film, pulling and manipulating it to create interesting shapes, bigger in some spots and smaller in others. At this stage I was thinking “underwater scene” with the patterning being refracted light within the water. On removing the cling wrap I saw a tree suggestion on the LHS and I started to ‘pull” that out from the background. A lighter patch suggested a waterfall so I lifted colour to re-inforce that…. made easier because of the extra soft Fabriano torchon paper. Gradually the forest evolved with some traditional brushwork, a little use of palette knife, scraping and calligraphic marks using sumi ink, watercolour and a little white gouache. The centre back was left to suggest the indistinct, hazy mystery of distant, vegetation.

Forest mystery

Forest mystery

North West Art Circle Exhibition


I added a figure to my Meander Falls Watercolour to emphasis the power of the water both in its tumble over the vertical rock face and the swirling around in the steam bed below. In our lives we like to feel in control and many feel powerful in some manner. But compared with nature our power is somewhat insignificant. In the Zen art which influences my work, the human figure is generally relatively insignificant.  The updated version of Meander Falls is on display at the NWAC exhibition at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery. My second piece is my glass sculpture which was shown in Hobart at the Material Girl Exhibition and is now on display in Devonport. Unfortunately I could not make it to the opening but will certainly call in to see the works and intend to paint at the Artists in Action on Sunday July 1st.

MEANDERING EXHIBITION ENTRY 2011


This is my entry in the Meandering exhibition, landscape section…. an exhibition at Launceston Country Club of paintings of Meander Valley in Northern Tasmania. This view of Meander Falls with gushing water has the sense of energy for which I was aiming. It is essentially a traditional watercolour using a very wet technique on Fabriano Torchon extra rough paper. The paper is wonderful for creating interesting textural effects due to its unnusual rough surface. Being very soft it is a bit tricky to work on but well worth the effort. Beyond the pure representational in this watercolour, the rock wall symbolises the solid foundations needed to build a strong community while the flowing water represents the dynamicism of change

.  I will conduct a morning workshop on working with this paper on Thursday February 11th at my studio at Forth. Cost $20. Time 10a.m. to 12.30. ph 0419282673