Blue Mountains National Park, NSW – landscape painting

January 2018, a short trip from Sydney, so familiar it’s too easy to take this national park for granted. Sublime, distant stillness, with the ever present edge of danger, fires in summer. Several days mainly revisiting old haunts and lookouts each morning and some sketching before the thunderstorms rolled in at four o’clock each afternoon. Working en plein air, spontaneous and free, but the painting is going backwards trying to bring it all together, in pursuit of that elusive one shot action painting.
This trip a reminder of previous bushwalks to the Wollangambe River, inflatable rafting through the gorges and ravines, falling over a large rapid or small waterfall (depending on the vantage point), saved from injury by my backpack. The adventures the perfect artistic inspirational experience, light filtered through waterfall spray in a ravine. Black and white photos taken by a friend, still in use for reference, capture the mood of the special places along the river (see below).

Locations
Katoomba
The Three Sisters
Echo Point
Wentworth Falls
Govetts Leap
Blackheath
Wollangambe River

Sense of Place

z20180125_180744 The Three Sisters (2)The Three Sisters, Jamison Valley 25/1/2018

z20180125_180750 Echo Point (2)Echo Point, Jamison Valley 25/1/2018

z20180125_181026 Echo Point (2)Echo Point, Jamison Valley 25/1/2018

z20180125_192510 So drinking not painting local critic Dellmere Cottage (2)So drinking not painting…local critic, Katoomba 25/1/2018

z20180127_115647 Govetts Leap (2)Govetts Leap, Grose Valley 27/1/2018

z20180127_120134 Govetts Leap (2)Govetts Leap, Grose Valley 27/1/2018

z20180127_154631 Outdoor studio (2)The outdoor studio, work in progress, before the storm, Katoomba 27/1/2018

Sketches in ink, gouache, and acrylics
trying out colour mixes

z20180127_154646 Work in progress In Dellmere Garden (2)Work in progress, Katoomba 27/1/2018

z20180127_163740 The Red Shed Dellmere Garden (2)Work in progress, The Red Shed (before the storm), Katoomba 27/1/2018

Earlier, working with grey scale values

2014 Wollangambe ravine
Wollangambe Ravine (acrylic, January 2014)

2014 Wollangambe Ravine (oil)
Wollangambe Ravine (oil, 2014)

Wollongambe River – previous photography trips

 

Art References

Martens (Conrad) Interior of the Burrangalong Cavern 1843 AGNSW
Conrad Martens, Stalagmites, Burragalong Cavern (1843)

von Guerard (Eugene), Weatherboard Creek Falls, Jamieson's Valley, New South Wales (1862) NGV
Eugene von Guerard, Weatherboard Creek Falls, Jamieson’s Valley, New South Wales (1862)

von Guerard (Eugene), Govett's Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales (1873) NGA
Eugene von Guerard, Govett’s Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales (1873)

Hern (Charles Edward), Govett's Gorge, looking towards the valley of the Grose, New South Wales, 1879
Charles Edward Hern, Govett’s Gorge, looking towards the valley of the Grose, New South Wales, 1879

Streeton (Aurther Fires On 1891 AGNSW
Arthur Streeton, Fires On, 1891

Malherbe (Robert) Govetts Leap, 2013
Robert Malherbe, Govetts Leap, 2013

Tran (Sokquon ) Wombeyan Caves 2013
Sokquon Tran, Wombeyan Caves (2013)

20180131_171043 (2)
Blake Raymond, Flight 24/7, ArtExpress 2018 AGNSW
‘Flight_24/7 explores the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains landscape and the threat of the proposed development of Badgerys Creek airport. Red flight paths pierce the landscape, symbolising their possible impact on this world heritage site.’

 

 

 

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