Morning Journey

Inspiration:

Corinna is a tiny settlement on the Pieman River, located at the edge of the Tarkine wilderness in North West Tasmania. Set within temperate rainforest, this former mining village now offers accommodation and camping platforms from which visitors can explore the remote area.

I was lucky enough to stay here for several days, and soon came to realise how life in this place becomes centred upon the river and the rainforest along its edges.  Kayaking for hours along this natural corridor I felt immersed into the peace and beauty of this area. In the early morning the river surface is covered in drifting wisps of mist, before it is dispersed by the rising sun.

With this artwork I aim to convey the mystical feeling of setting out to journey along this misty river, with the wake of the kayak creating curving patterns in the smooth river surface.

One of the initial snapshots

This was taken from the jetty at Corinna in the early morning. I was there for some time watching the sun rise over the river, and two other people staying there set off up river in Kayaks.

Stage 1

The first layer was the sky, the misty river distance, and lightest sky reflections on the water. I used a brush to apply small areas of bright colour to the lino block prior to transferring the image to paper.

Stage 2

This stage was an experiment on how I might create soft edges (always a challenge for linocut work) for the subtle ripples on the water. I found that if I drew guidelines using oil pastels on the block, these markings would not transfer into the repeated applications of oil ink. This allowed me to use these guidelines to remove the light ripple areas from the block (after rolling on the ink) using a soft cloth – a process that had to be repeated for every edition. I also dragged a brush across these ripple lines to create the smallest ripples.

Stage 3

Small gradients of darker blue were added to the water, as well as the lightest orange highlights on the land and figure. A soft mottled effect was created in the most distant land area by rolling on a base green, and then adding slightly darker mottles using scrunched up paper – a process that, once again, had to be repeated for every edition.

Stage 4

The same mottling technique was used for the mid-distance land, and a mixture of lighter green highlight colours added to the areas of foliage catching the morning sunlight.

Stage 5

Mid tone greens added to the sunny areas.

Stage 6

Moving into the shadows now with deeper blue-greens, repeating these colours into the water reflections.

Stage 7

The second darkest colour – a dark green, was added at this stage. The end is nearly in sight!

Stage 8

The completed artwork. As always, the darks create the contrast needed to bring out all the other colours. I’m really happy with this artwork as I feel it creates the atmosphere I was aiming for.

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