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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

....moody, misty rainy sky

Watercolour 32 x 25 cms ..
little sky practice....moody, misty, rainy sky - imaginative landscape to complete the feel

Monday, 22 October 2018

Old Colonial Cottage at Hunters Hill, Sydney

A while back I did a heritage walk through the Hunters Hill in Sydney.
An old established area with beautiful old colonial buildings. This building was on bucket list for a while … but what a nightmare to paint.
DO NOT buy Watercolour paper in advance, do not keep it for months.
 My s.c. watercolour paper lost all sizing, it turned into a blotting paper, could not lift any pigment and if you did gently, the paper disintegrated, and bits peeled off. The same happened when I tried to remove the masking fluid.  As I painted the foliage, it simply became insipid so I improvised and have Jackarandas framing the house instead. Had to use pen and ink to finish it off and to give the painting some definition.
Through sheer stubbornness and because I really liked the drawing – an accomplishment for me, I persevered.  Should have chucked it in the bin.
Watercolour pigment on Blotting paper Size 38 x 28 cms.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Cesky Rudolec- - Czech Republic, Bohemian Canada

Watercolour 38 x 28 cms
An old dilapidated ruin of a Castle called "Mala Hluboka" in Cesky Rudolec. Somebody bought the ruin for $1 (no joke) with a premise to restore it to its old glory. It is on protection heritage list. So far only the tower has been restored and a figure of "death and a sickle" installed in to the cavity where windows once were.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Bunch of Australian Natives

38 x 28 cm Gouache (Acrylic) treated as watercolour, particularly in the background.
This has taken me many days and hours & certainly was a challenge.  
In the “distressed” background I adopted a loose approach as with watercolours, applied masking fluid with a toothbrush, applied several glazes & sprayed with water trying to emulate tonally and visually the Australian bush !

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Combined Art Societies at Merroo 2018, Workshop with Chan Dissanayake

Annual Workshop at Merroo Centre, intensive and productive 3 days with the brilliant tutor Chan Dissanayake. No masterpieces but so much learnt.!
Beach Scene Watercolour
 
 Crackenback Resort,Kosc.National Park
 Flinders Station on a rainy day Melbourne
Landscape vista 
 Misty scene with a billabong
Wyong Area NSW

Monday, 23 April 2018

Jindebyne Lake, Jindebyne Kosciuszko National Park, Australia


Recent Trip to Thredbo and the walk around the Jindebyne lake inspired this painting.   Watercolour size 38 x 28 cms

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Western Australia Red Flowering Gum

Western Australia Red Gum.   Size 25 x 32 cms, gouache but used like watercolours
Was driving along the side of the road and could not resist this beautiful flowering red gum, some in full bloom, some with only the calyx & then the beautiful large gum nuts. Could not resist and had to break a branch off...but I asked the owner first .

Monday, 22 January 2018

Monday, 8 January 2018

Australian Natives

Australian Natives
Jo Sonja gouache, Size 38 x 53 cms on 150grm Cartridge paper, used WN acrylic sealer on finished painting.
This has been a work in progress for quite a few days, and it is quite obvious why…too many details. I was trying a different approach to using acrylics, in that spraying with water and letting the colours run, wanting a achieve that looser effect of watercolours & loose the fairly solid appearance of traditional gouache paintings... yet keep the colour brightness .. avoid the “muddy appearance” …. I seemed to have always ended up with when using acrylics & white., in many instance I substituted the warm white with other tonally lighter colours to achieve stroke variations & highlights.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Winter Scene_SH FB

A combined excercise among friends on FB. Practising simplification, looseness, and tones. Fairly limited pallet for me WC.38 x 28 cms. Left a bench next to the tree out, because I felt it would stop the eye going into the distance.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Norwegian Rosemaling Stool

Norwegian Rosemaling Stool .. for that little personJoSonja Acrylic Gouache, satin sealer on top