Apr 24, 2017
Recherche Bay, Tasmania
The second of my series based on the futile attempt of the French
It is named in honour of the Recherche, one of the expedition's ships.
They spent 26 days collecting botanical samples,
and recording the lives of the Aboriginal inhabitants.
120 x 120cm Oil on Linen
A view of Recherche Bay, Tasmania Australia.
This bay is almost at the bottom of the world! It is the furthermost point that a car, and a stroke survivor (my husband, Bob) could walk to. We were there in February 2016, and I painted and photographed the site for a future project.
This painting is number one of this project: it is referencing the visit of a French expedition:
"Recherche Bay located on the extreme south-eastern corner of Tasmania, Australia. It was a landing place of the d’Entrecasteaux expedition to find missing explorer La Pérouse. It is named in honour of the Recherche, one of the expedition's ships."
Sadly, La Perouse was no where near here: he had died a few years earlier on one of the islands in the Pacific.
My figures are like the young French sailors who spent 26 days exploring the area, collecting samples for the scientists on the expedition.
120 x 120cm Oil on Canvas
Mar 22, 2017
Oct 13, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 28, 2016
I like to paint 'plein-air' when travelling in our motorhome. We have travelled north to Brisbane to inspect a mobility scooter for Bob, and have been slowly returning to Sydney with two night stopovers. Urunga is a small beach town, with an impressive harbour and mangrove tidal lakes.
This painting started in sunshine, and ended with rain! and a mad scramble back to the shore from my rocky perch. And the rain effected the 'interactivity' of the acrylic paint, as it started to run more than I intended. But as often happens, accidents can produce interesting results.
Acrylic on linen (unstretched)
64 x 51cm
May 31, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
On our tour of Tasmania, I loved painting the rocks and blue-green waters around the north east side of the island. It as crystal clear water, and such a warm temperature for swimming.
If anyone is interested in visiting Australia, I suggest you spend a month or two in Tasmania. In a motorhome! It has the same attractions as the mainland without the hundreds of kilometres in-between stops.
42 x 30cm Acrylic on paper,
Plein air painting with a touch of studio work after.
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