I was on holiday in Sydney Australia when I discovered a beautiful garden planted on the edge of the harbour.
Part of a work in progress for an exhibition in August.
Lush tropical leaves
Based on a traditional Japanese Yuzen Chiyogami design.
Every December I make a selection of Christmas tags from recycled materials – usually made from the cards I received last Christmas and scraps of interesting paper I have collected during the year. Sharing the love! I wish you all a very peaceful and enjoyable festive season.
Collage of watercolour painting and Japanese paper.
“Harvest Moon” card
by Rosie Kerr 2018
Watercolour painting . Australian countryside by Rosie Kerr 2017
A small Happy New Year bouquet watercolour painting.
Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you had a wonderful time with good things to eat and good company.
Collages of watercolour and Japanese paper.
Collage of Japanese paper and watercolour by Rosie Kerr 2017.
Watercolour leaf paintings in warm and cool colours.
Collage Watercolour and Japanese Paper
Negative space watercolour painting .
Leaf collage by Rosie Kerr Byron Bay
Leaf collage by Rosie Kerr Byron Bay
Red Bouquet collage by Rosie Kerr Japanese paper and watercolour
Hot Pink Happy Friday collage Japanese paper and watercolour
inting Summer Afternoon watercolour card
Crimson Bouquet collage watercolour and Japanese paper
Here s a painting I completed today in 2 stages. Wasn’t sure whether I should have painted details on the leaves or just left it as it was!
from original art nouveau tile design
We recently camped for a few nights in the Border Ranges National Park NSW. I collected a few leaves from our campsite and painted at the picnic table there.
Inspired by my florist friend Jenny’s market stall. Collage of Japanese Washi paper and watercolour.
Friday night was the opening of Hammer and Hand Byron Bay exhibition “Melting Point”.
Watercolour painting and Japanese Washi paper collage.
Watercolour painting of a black eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia) by Rosie Kerr. After a weekend of flooding rain, the sun came out. This inspired me to paint these beautiul flowers. They seem to be popular in very old domestic gardens. My great aunt had one that completely covered their backyard shed.
Camping in Jamieson Victoria. There are showers of beautiful Autumn leaves falling all around us.
We spent three days camping at Wee Jasper. Several corrugated iron shacks provide holiday accommodation.
We recently camped on the Turon River near the old gold mining town of Sofala. This is one of the cottages in the Main Street. This painting is in French ultramarine as this was the only colour I brought on our trip and I chose it because it is great for distinguishing tone.
I am on a month’s camping trip around rural NSW Australia. I have one paint brush and a tube of French ultramarine watercolour.
Every morning I take a walk around my district and check out the local gardens. We live in an area where bamboo grows to enormous heights. I found a small frond poking through a fence so decided to make it the subject of a painting.
A friend bought me a bunch of roses from the Byron Bay Farmers’ market
My neighbour’s passionfruit vine tumbles over our fence. Today I decided to paint the leaves of this pretty plant.
I found this creeper meandering up a wall as I was walking home from town.
In The Garden 2
In the Garden is a watercolour painting with the subject of a small branch I found as I was weeding the garden . I was ready to throw it onto the compost heap but then noticed how pretty the leaves were and decided to paint it instead.
It is nearing the end of summer here. I have recently noticed some trees are changing from green to touches of yellow as Autumn approaches.
Summer Holiday Town. Continuing my summer theme. This isolated coastal town offers a break from busy routines.
I saw and old apple tree in a workshop yard in Tasmania and had to paint it. I have to admit that I have eaten a few apples from this tree.
Photo of which this painting was the subject
This is a tile I made a few years ago from recycled crockery from South Hobart Tip Shop
I made this mosaic jar from recycled crockery found at South Hobart Tip Shop Tasmania.
We are having such beautiful summer weather, I thought I would paint something with the feel of a carefree summer holiday.
I have just finished making my first Christmas card for 2015. Only 20 to go. This design is a watercolour painting with Japanese washi paper collage.
Night sky watercolour gift tag
I recently had coffee in a local cafe and loved the little vase of fresh flowers on my table. I photographed the arrangement and then used the subject for a watercolour painting.
I was lucky to be able to participate in a workshop in June with Erik Dekkers, a gifted teacher and talented artist. Here are some of the paintings I completed during the day.
After 10 years selling beautiful Japanese Yuzen Chiyogami paper, I became a watercolour painter. Here are some collage works which combine them.
These are my entries for the annual local postcard size art exhibition. They depict what goes on beneath the surface of a river with, weed, slime and bubbles. I love painting with blues, greens and yellows.
One of the most enjoyable, relaxing and insprirational activity with watercolour is an experiment with washes. The magic as the colours you have selected take on a life of their own and move and fuse is exciting. The pigment only goes where you direct it with water and angling the paper. If you are stuck for something to paint, this is a great starting point. Gold leaf also adds drama to your work.
An early morning walk to the Byron Bay lighthouse is a great way to start the day. The sunrises are spectacular and you can often see sharks, sea turtles, whales, dolphins and stingrays in the water. Sea eagles and ospreys are just two of the bird species that can be seen on your walk plus if you are very quiet, you will probably see a wallaby or two nibbling grass beside the track.
Here is my watercolour painting of Byron Bay lighthouse – purchased by a honeymooning English couple who were married in a lighthouse and who collect pictures of lighthouses.
I often get up early and walk along our closest beach Tallows Beach. Here is a sunrise photo I took one morning and the two paintings I completed using the photo as inspiration.
I love cooking and often as I am preparing a meal or snack for friends and family, I look at the fruit and vegetables I am about to use and decide to paint them instead.
This is a photo taken from the balcony of the Tweed River Gallery Murwillumbah NSW and my watercolour painting based on this scene.
We spend each April camping in rural Victoria. I have used photography to capture the beautiful scenery we pass through on out travels, then use the photos as inspiration for watercolour paintings. I love the contrasts you see in the countryside at different times of year and in different regions.
Here are four cards I designed for Valentine’s Day this year. They feature hearts painted in crimson, scarlet and red watercolour and Japanese yuzen chiyogami paper.
We often drive through the town of Tenterfield in the New England ranges and Glenlyon in Victoria. The autumn trees it both areas are beautiful. The entrance to both towns is through archways of brilliant trees. In this post, I have featured two photos which were the inspiration for the two paintings Autumn Road #1 (which uses the wet on wet watercolour technique) and Autumn Road #2 (which features wet on dry technique).
Photo Autumn Road Tenterfield – used as inspriation for the two paintings.
I was experimenting with marbling when a peacock tail started to appear.
Mount Warning is a beautiful mountain near to where I live. I love to photograph and paint it at different times of day and to use different techniques to show a variety of moods of the mountain.
I painted this little watercolour and made it into a gift card. I have enjoyed some snowy winter evenings when I lived in Hobart Tasmania and Armidale NSW. I also spent one memorable winter travelling in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Snow always makes the landscape so quiet and magical.
I used masking fluid on arches paper to create the snow flakes and then painted the sky over the top. It is always dramatic to peel back the dried masking fluid and see the effect of this technique.
I live near the ocean in Byron Bay and love to explore rock pools at low tide. One of my favourite seaweeds is sea lettuce. It is so beautifully green and feels beautiful to touch. I have used cling wrap on a damp pale green watercolour wash to create the effect of sea lettuce.