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Friday, 8 April 2011

Around Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

Around Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
Watercolour, 250 gr Arches. Size: 34 x 28 cms
I gave this painting as a present to a very good friend of mine, who has a lovely farm with a very similar setting in Jindebyne.


Watercolour, Arches 250 gr, Size 17 x 12 cms
A quick sketch, trying to "Get Loose", 20 min exercise

Winter in Schepsdorf, Lingen, Emsland Germany

Watercolour, Arches 250 gr,  Size 38 x 28 cms
Colours: Paynes G, Prussian B, titch red light, Quinac.Gold, burn & raw sienna, raw umber
Winter in Schepsdorf, photo compliment of Werner Franke, Lingen Schepsdorf. The original photo was without snow but various gradation of greys with twigs of remaining autumn leaves.

View from the old Gladesville Mental Hospital, Sydney NSW, Australia

Watercolour, Arches 300 gr, Size 38 x 27 cms
Such views are what Sydney is all about!
Little Background to the Gladesville Hospital:
The Gladesville Mental Hospital lies on extensive grounds stone throw away from the City with sandstone buildings and Priory. The hospital has been used to house and treat mental patients from 1915 to 1997 when it has been declared antiquated & all inpatient services were consolidated and moved to the Macquarie, North Ryde hospital.
The site has most wonderful views overlooking the harbour. It had orchards, parks, piggery, husbandary & green houses where the patients worked which gave them a sense of purpose & worth and made the hospital considerably self-sufficient.
A prime block of land, a prime location... such nowadays a rare find in Sydney.
The water is dotted with boats of all sizes from a million dollars vessel to a modest small dingy.

Landscape Images from Australia & Europe

Vietnam Images

Hoi An, Thu Bon River   (SOLD)
Watercolour, Arches 300gr, Size 38 x 28 cms.I used 2 photographs to paint this scene of the river bank in Hoi An.   The buildings along the river are higgledy piggledy “glued” together, all at different angles, odd shapes roofs - some tiled, some corrugated iron, in various stages of lopsidedness.

Vietnam Images

Hanoi one of the alley ways
Watercolour, Arches 250 gr, Size 26x31cms
One encounters similar scenes like this one in the old quarters throughout Vietnam. Humidity does its work on building walls, mould & moss growing through the mortar or stone work, the typical fruit sellers with their heavy loads shuffle quickly through the narrow alleyways.

Hoi An
Watercolour, Arches 250 gr, Size 25 x 17 cms
This house, its angle, the old French emblem depicting what was behind the facade long time ago, and now a part of the "tailors haven" caught my attention. It called to be painted.
Because of the high humidity in Vietnam, houses show various stages of dilapidation, mould, and rising damp, it is actually very charming - and I tried to capture that. Hoi An is an ancient historical town, it used to be a prosperous seaport during 16th to 18th centuries. It lies on Thu Bon river.