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

Finally, The Cards

With Christmas and New Year over (hope you all had a happy one) I finally have time to post my printed cards of the ‘What’s Real’ series. They are 5″ x 7″ (A5) size on 250g card, a really good firm card stock.  Momento was the printing company I used in Australia and they were delivered within three days!  That is 60 cards with 10 x 6 different designs. Also I experimented with two journals with a watercolour image of mine on the cover.

You can view them in my Etsy Shop (see above left for link), but here is a preview;

Reproduction prints of 3D drawings onto 250g card stock

Sample of Etsy Shop Cards

Also added to Etsy is a Journal/Notebook/Diary which can be personalised with name and art work. It is 6″ x 8.5″.

Spiral-bound notebook/journal/diary/art journal with personalised cover

Your own personal journal

King Island Felted Seascape

Just completed this ‘painting’ in wool fleece. It depicts some of the rugged coastline on King Island and was very challenging.  In real time it is better viewed from a distance, but that is hard to simulate with a photo.

The base is a piece of white wool felt (commercial) and then the different coloured fleece are layered to create a picture. The options after that are to embellish with machine embroidery etc but I didn’t do that this time.

As I progress I keep everything in place using The Fabulous Felt-O-Matic – a handmade needle-felting tool that has 36 needles fixed into a frame work which is pressed down on in a spring set-up.  Hard to explain, so here is the link to Dianne Stott’s blog showing her unique invention.

King Island felt painting

Unfelted wool fleece - 18x20 unframed

 

felt painting of west coast of King Island

Felt Painting - without the tiny needle marks - sprayed with soapy water and lightly felted using cordless sander