New off the easel… waterfalls in watercolour, flowers on silk and a Bittern.

Tumbling (Pencil Pine Falls)JPGGeo-art, Guide Falls The edge

Put together recent trips to some waterfalls and the free, Zen style, semi-abstract watercolours and it is no wonder waterfalls have flowed onto the canvas (well, watercolour paper actually). My aim is to depict the feeling of the cool misty water spray and the movement. I do so love water…. painting with it swimming in it, watching it.

The nasturtiums is a  silk painting, mostly done in a watercolour technique but some of the primary flowers have a rich gold gutta outline. This work is about colour, the joy of life and the tangled webs we weave. The stems of nasturtiums do twist and entwine and the plants themselves are so tenacious… hence the title of this work “Tenacity”.Tenacity

Coast Guard (Bittern)The bird, (a bittern), was done in preparation for my bird exhibition in December but this painting will head to see if it selected to hang in the Tasmanian Art Awards, at Eskleigh, before being shown in Burnie. This work is more carefully drawn and hints to my original degree in Sciences (but so too does the geology of the vertical waterfall painting with its basalt columns and polygonal jointing… Guide Falls, Burnie, Tasmania)

Watercolour with a Zen Influence

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I was so pleased with today’s watercolour workshop. Everyone went with the flow of the colour and allowed their brushes to dance lightly across the paper. Not only was it a lovely atmosphere with each encouraging the others, the results were fantastic. While the “journey is paramount” in this art, it is doubly satisfting when the finished paintings look so good (even with several absolute beginners in this group)! And all this with a limited palette of Maimeri Venezia Cyan, Permanent Red Deep and sky  blue ultramarine (some also used a touch of permanent red light, primary yellow, black ink and/or white Gouache).