After 10 years on Flinders Island we have moved to the West Tamar in Northern Tasmania. I'm looking forward to a new palette to explore and a whole new phase of this artistic journey. The Flinders Island experience was fabulous for focusing on my work and now I'm looking forward to a less solitary practice and joining some other artists in the local area in some shared studios.
Ti Trees, Island roadsides
Ti trees always inspire me. They provide all the elements that I love to draw and paint including pattern, shape, colour, line and tone. The island is dotted with them, particularly obvious along roadsides.
Old Jetty, Whitemark
This one was painted earlier in the year. The wooden jetty in Whitemark has been replaced now with a concrete one so this painting generated a bit of interest with the locals. 100x120cm acrylic on canvas. Sold.
Island Roadside - Acrylic on canvas - 120 x 120 cm
Recently completed this piece. It’s off to its new home in NSW. Packing and sending paintings, especially large ones, can be a logistical challenge when you live on an island. Luckily I have been doing it for a while and am getting used to the process. One needs to collect and recycle packaging. This one was packed with refashioned cardboard that once contained our stove and some other large pieces I stored over the last year with some plywood I obtained by exchanging a couple of layer chooks. The alternative is to order packaging and wait weeks for it to find its way here. I do miss the convenience of accessing these things easily when living on the mainland.
Maria La Grue - a blog about what is being created in the studio on Flinders Island.