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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This is So Much Fun!!

King Island felted painting

Stokes Point

I am really enjoying this felt painting thing. And I really like this one.  Not supposed to say that about my own work, I know, but my mojo has been on an extended holiday and it is nice to have it back. After an exhibition in November 2010 I have not been able to paint or draw to my satisfaction. This is not an unusual thing, except it seemed to last such a long time. It was the main reason I started focusing on felting and it is challenging to create a ‘painterly’ effect.

The next one is totally different and it was taken from a photo of a little oasis amongst the dry fields.

Felted painting of King Island farmland

Golden fields

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