Part of a work in progress for an exhibition in August.
We spent three days camping at Wee Jasper. Several corrugated iron shacks provide holiday accommodation.
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.
We are having such beautiful summer weather, I thought I would paint something with the feel of a carefree summer holiday.
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.
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.
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.