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)

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Tarkine Coast, Tasmanian Wilderness, photos


Over Easter I will be joining a group of artists on a special visit to the Tarkine Wilderness of the West Coast of Tasmania. The aim of the expedition is to promote the importance of keeping this unique area as it is for future generations. There is so much natural history here and evidence of the original inhabitants…. the Tasmanian aboriginal people. Such an inspiring place…. wild and rugged, lashed by the roaring forties…. waves that have not touched land since South America. Truly invigorating.
We visited today as a precursor to the Easter trip. here is a little taster…. though today I did not paint as it started to rain, but the photography was fun. DSCF6997

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Garden Art… painting on corrugated iron


Next weekend is a local garden party which is organised by a very enthusiastic gentleman, Jock Littler, as a fundraiser for secondary Cancer. This year Jock had the idea of getting artists to paint on corrugated iron… something which I have talked of doing for our garden for several years but have never obtained the iron to do it.
The works will be auctioned and the lucky purchasers can install them along fences or to section private spots in their gardens. I will be painting at Jock’s event on the day (Sunday 13 Oct) but have already completed one work of over 6 feet (2 meters) in length.
We have had such wild windy weather and our garden is very untamed so I had to paint a windswept view….titled “On the Wild Side”. I also felt most works are likely to be very much more structured… more akin to graphic design…. and of course I always like to be different. I am really happy with the result… it looks great in our garden. Such a pity that To keep it for myself I have to outbid others at the auction (I already know of 2 people who want to bid for it). Many have said “you can do another one”, and while this is true, in this free style it is not possible to duplicate. Once one tries too hard to copy, the fluidity and absolute freedom tend to get lost.
The next I will do vertically of tree trunks…. then I do not have the difficulty of working across the hills and vales which was tricky when flicking grasses on. I overcame this to some extent by using a feather with which to apply the paint. It was much more flexible than a brush.
Great fun and you do not have to worry about insufficient wall space!

Garden Art, On the Wild Side, painted on corrugated iron

Garden Art, On the Wild Side, painted on corrugated iron