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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photoshop course I did a few years ago – where I combined a photo I took at the Sydney aquarium with a photo of two steel and copper mermaid sculptures by my partner Bruce Pringle. I think this is a cute little combination.
This morning I dropped by the workshop at “Hammer and Hand’ Byron Bay and found sculptor, Bruce Pringle, making angels and thylacines (Tasmanian tigers). I am a member of this artists’ collective and exhibit my paintings here.
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.
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.
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 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.