Last week my husband and I walked into Lake Judd in Tasmanian’s South West wilderness area. We’d done it before a few times many years ago when it was a very long, hard slog through boggy mudpits up to our knees. I did not have pleasant memories of the track! Joyously it has had a major upgrade and is now very well duckboarded most of the 8 km trek into the lake.
We set off early and I sent Trevor ahead as I knew he was full of adrenaline wanting to catch the early light on the lake for some photography and I took my time and enjoyed the wild flowers beside the track, birds singing and the sensation of being alone in the wilderness. It was worth the last steep climb when I arrived at Lake Judd to find glorious reflections of Mt Anne and overhanging trees in the perfectly still waters of the lake.
I knew I was going to paint this scene …and it was going to be large! I wanted to capture the granduer of the scene and convey the tranquility of the moment.
I never aim for exactitude when painting from reference photos …I’m much more interested in capturing a mood and a moment in time. The colours aren’t exactly the same as the reference but the feeling and mood is pretty much as I experienced standing there in the still of the morning watching nature put on a majestic show for just the two of us. Wilderness experiences are treasured moments and this is one moment I am happy to have preserved in paint.