King Island Painting Week

Pastel Painting by LizB

Locals join in the Fun!
Jason Roberts, Sophie Dunlop and Diane Mah, all artists from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, came to King Island for a painting week and kindly invited local artists to join them. To set off in the morning with lunch and art supplies, paint for hours, then return to Portside Links Gallery to continue painting AND to do this for days in a row – sheer bliss and so inspiring. Thanks to Jason Roberts for organising this annual(?) event and for Marilyn from Portside Gallery for making it possible.

Jason Roberts

Well I’ve just returned from a week of painting on King Island with some friends, and it was such a good time that I think I’ll try to make it an annual event! The ingredients are all there – a stunning island with equally dramatic, serene, bucolic and varied scenery, lots of fine local artists with divergent styles and mediums, and to boot – my mother’s family home and her beautiful holiday units AND gallery for showing the work in after all our painting expeditions!

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Badger Box Creek
(watercolour)

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First painting day, Badger Box.

We were lucky to have some beautifully warm weather on the island, and after a swim at YellowRock Beach I did this watercolour of the gleaming white sand and dunes.

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Yellow Rock Beach
(watercolour)

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Back of the Dunes, Yellow Rock
(watercolour)

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Sophie sketching at City of Melbourne Bay
(watercolour)

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Sophie’s lovely oil of City of Melbourne…

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King Island Artist-in-Resident’s completed works

Elizabeth Barsham, Tasmanian Gothic, completed a residency on King Island and has posted her collection on her blog. They also tell some of the treacherous history of shipwrecks, whalers, sealers, and female convict ships falling foul of our jagged coastline in the days before and after the first lighthouse (which is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere) was built.

I love her work. Here is just one pic and you can see more on the above link.

"Men of Business" sealers on King Island 1799

Gothic flavour to the dangers of the waters around King Island – Men of Business – sealers circa 1799

Help for Beginner Felters – making a pod vessel plus more

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This is a great blog site from two talented ladies.  Check out the comprehensive tutorials for FREE plus their eBook at a very reasonable price. Click on the link above to see the Pod Tutorial.

They are also featured in the latest Felt Magazine from Australia – lovely happy works of art!! Well done Lyn and Annie.