Cattai Ridge, 1976
watercolour on crumpled Japanese paper

"Her strength is in draftsmanship and sensitive observation of trees and their branching. She discovers lyrical grace in twisting limbs as in 'Bush Moot', 'View of the Lane Cove River', 'Broken Branch'.” ~ Elizabeth Young, The Advertiser (1972)

Watercolours

The artist favours watercolour for flower and nature studies and has produced countless portrait studies in watercolour, including babies and children.  She sometimes combines watercolour with mixed-media, pen, and pencil, using pure watercolour for landscape compositions and more finished portraits.  The compositions for the artist’s major acrylic paintings are developed through preliminary watercolour sketches.

Her landscape compositions are influenced by the poetic approach of Chinese masters who capture the essence of a scene after immersing themselves in the environment. This all-encompassing perspective is in direct contrast to the limiting “snapshot” view painted at the scene.  In some of her watercolour landscapes she paints on crumpled Japanese paper to create a shimmering textural effect.

Watercolours Filtered by Era: From: 1976 - 1987
81 Works to view Page 1 2
81 Works to view Page 1 2

From: 1976 - 1987: Developed narrative compositions and portraits in a fugal-style, where the subjects are repeated from various viewpoints rather than the traditional single viewpoint. Satire and humour introduced. Began exploring aerial view compositions, combining actual size of subject with surroundings in perspective. Techniques: acrylic on panel; collage; watercolour ... read more
  • Sketch: woman waiting for bus, 1987
    watercolour and pen on note-paper
    21 x 29.5 cm

  • Paul in check shirt, reading, 1987
    watercolour
    76 x 56 cm

  • Slate roofs along Kent Street, Millers Point, 1986
    pen and watercolour
    38 x 51 cm
  • Gossip in Kent Street, Millers Point, 1986
    pen and watercolour
    38 x 51 cm
  • Bean Alive - Bean Growth Cycle, 1986
    pen and watercolour
    38 x 51 cm
  • Onion Face (sad), 1986
    watercolour
    24 x 16.5 cm
  • Cauliflower Brain, 1986
    pen and wash
    28 x 37 cm
  • Ash Wednesday Bushfire, 1986
    watercolour and burnt paper collage
    98 x 71 cm
  • Sketch of woman wearing headphones on Sydney bus, 1986
    watercolour and pencil
    18 x 25 cm
  • Leyla and Stefan at the beach, 1986
    watercolour and pencil on note-paper
    29.5 x 21 cm

  • Sketch: woman sitting on veranda, The Rocks, Miller's Point , 1986
    pen and watercolour
    38 x 51 cm

  • Backyards, Kent Street, Millers Point: Mrs Mac feeding cats and washing in the wind, 1985
    pen and watercolour
    37 x 50 cm
  • Expectant Kerry, Kent Street backyards, Millers Point, 1985
    pen and watercolour
    37 x 50 cm
  • Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum), 1985
    watercolour
    38 x 28 cm
  • Mr and Mrs Miserable (Onions), 1985
    pen and watercolour
    21 x 24.5 cm
  • Onion Face (welling tears), 1985
    pen and watercolour
    12.5 cm (dia.)
  • Pith and Pips, 1985
    pen and watercolour
    23 x 22 cm
  • Telegraph Pole, Kent Street, Millers Point, 1985
    watercolour, pen and spittal wash
    59 x 42 cm
  • Washing in wind and zoomed greyhound, Kent Street, Millers Point, 1985
    pen and watercolour
    37 x 50 cm
  • Sketch: children playing in clay (Hudson St, Annandale), 1985
    watercolour and ballpoint
    29.5 x 21 cm

  • Telegraph pole, Kent St, Miller's Point, Sydney, 1985
    watercolour, brown pen and spittle
    59 x 42 cm

  • Rank & Kirby furniture factory, White's Creek, view from Annandale, 1985
    watercolour and pen
    28 x 38 cm

  • Gramma Pumpkin Flower in One Day, 1984
    pen and watercolour
    37 x 50 cm
  • Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum), 1984
    pen and watercolour
    56 x 74 cm
  • Ken smoking, 1984
    watercolour (sumi ink)
    34.5 x 50.5 cm

  • The Incurable Romantic (Colleen Burke, poet), 1983
    watercolour and collage on panel
    100 x 77.5 cm
  • Bottlebrush and Buds (Callistemon viminalis), 1983
    watercolour
    30 x 42 cm
  • Gum Blossom for Harpsichord No. 3 (Eucalyptus leucoxylon rosea), 1983
    watercolour
    30 x 42 cm
  • Gum Blossom for Harpsichord No. 4 (Eucalyptus leucoxylon rosea), 1983
    watercolour
    30 x 42 cm
  • Gum leaves (study for harpsichord lid), 1983
    watercolour and pencil
    48 x 39.5 cm

  • American GI on Leave (Germany), 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm
  • Munich Woman, 1980
    watercolour
    30 x 40 cm
  • The Berlin Wall, 1980
    watercolour
    38 x 56.5 cm
  • Couple on Sydney Bus, 1980
    watercolour
    28 x 38 cm
  • My Mate Molly, 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm
    (published in Draw Like Da Vinci, 2006)
  • Stephen Contemplating, 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm
  • Hukky the Dutchman at Morgenrot, Berlin , 1980
    watercolour
    56.5 x 38cm

  • Innenhof, Kreutzberg, Berlin, 1980
    watercolour
    30 x 40 cm

  • Sketch: metal workers, WH Williams & Sons factory, Silverwater, 1980
    watercolour and ballpoint on newsprint
    42 x 30 cm

  • Sketch: stacking steel beams, WH Williams & Sons factory, Silverwater, 1980
    watercolour and ballpoint on newsprint
    42 x 30 cm

  • Portrait demonstration 1, Kunsthaus Schaller, Stuttgart, 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm

  • Portrait demonstration 2, Kunsthaus Schaller, Stuttgart, 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm

  • Migrant woman on Sydney bus, 1980
    watercolour
    38 x 28 cm

  • 'Five pikelets, please', Annandale village cake-shop, 1980
    watercolour
    38 x 56.5 cm
  • Michaela in ultramarine blue, drawing, 1980
    watercolour
    40 x 30 cm
  • Schwarze Rose, Kreutzberg-Berlin, 1980
    watercolour
    38 x 56.5 cm
  • Turkish migrants, train to Kreutzberg-Berlin, 1980
    watercolour
    38 x 32 cm
  • Religious Woman of Bavaria, 1979-1980
    watercolour
    76 x 56 cm
  • Pumpkin Lovers, 1979
    watercolour
    56 x 38 cm
  • Composition sketch: Michaela, Gasthof (inn), Regensburg, 1979
    watercolour and pencil
    27 x 37 cm

Watercolours : From: 1976 - 1987 81 Works to view Page 1 2
Watercolours : From: 1976 - 1987 81 Works to view Page 1 2


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