Lush tropical leaves
Based on a traditional Japanese Yuzen Chiyogami design.
A small Happy New Year bouquet watercolour painting.
from original art nouveau tile design
I am on a month’s camping trip around rural NSW Australia. I have one paint brush and a tube of French ultramarine watercolour.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.