Apr 24, 2017

Searching the Bay


Recherche Bay, Tasmania

The second of my series based on the futile attempt of the French 
d’Entrecasteaux expedition to find missing explorer La Pérouse
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




Searching for La Perouse



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 TasmaniaAustralia. 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

Preparation for Rain


In February I had time to paint the dam before it filled. 
Of course, we had no idea that it would soon be full and overflowing!!!

Acrylic on Canvas
68 x 102cm
AU$880 plus post

The Pond at the Field


The Pond at the Field
acrylic on canvas
76 x 50cm
$660

One of my favourite camping areas between Bathurst and Orange is Macquarie Fields.
It's just far enough away for the first overnight stop. This was painted en plein air in the heat of January.


Oct 13, 2016

Incoming Storm at Jimmy's Beach


A changeable day produced a mess of a watercolour! 
But I kinda like it, rain drops and all.
Jimmy's Beach
Seascape, 30 x 42 cm. 
Framed $500

Sep 29, 2016

Ti Tree Snake Gully


Sitting next to this lovely grove of ti-trees I was happily painting, with hubby 
taking photos. The manager drove passed looking concerned but didn't stop.
Later he asked if we'd seen the black snake, normally lies in that spot!

Unframed acrylic on paper
70 x 55cm
$500



Sep 28, 2016

Looking to Summer, en plein-air.



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
$500



May 31, 2016

New large landscape




First stage for new large project. This is half the image. It is a charcoal sketch of bush land near my home in Mulgoa, NSW. 

Apr 14, 2016

Bridport Warm Water


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.


Summer Waves


A Tasmanian Seascape. Painted on location, finished in the studio.
Originally one of my rejects in the corner. It's been slowly growing on me. 
Watercolour and acrylic on paper, 40 x 28cm


Apr 13, 2016

Lagoon Stairs


A painting from my Tasmania Travels: I painted this 'plain air' then finished it in the studio. I think this technique suits me: especially painting on paper. It's strong and receptive to watercolour techniques, as well as being good for think texture later. Acrylics dry fast, and the works can be stored in an art folder as we travel in the motorhome. 

30 x 42cm, Acrylic on paper, sale details on my web site.

Searching the Bay

Recherche Bay, Tasmania The second of my series based on the futile attempt of the French  d’Entrecasteaux expedition  to find m...