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.
6 thoughts on “Painting the wilderness”
WOW Lindy you certainly have caught the mood its fabulous I am privalidged to see thus.
Your colours are very accurate and the shine on water wow.
You are talented.
Oh thank you sooo much Loretta! That is most kind of you. I have learned so much in the last few years by doing commissions for people of subjects I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. I think it’s made me more confident in tackling more complex scenes. I really appreciate your comments . Lindy 🙂
That is stunning! Lucky you to walk the track. Tasmania is truelly the most beautiful wilderness. And you are an incredible artist!
You are so right Cindy. Tasmania is a wonderful place to live, walk and paint! Thanks for your kind words…I truely enjoyed painting this amazing scene and it means a lot that it touches other people too. Lindy 🙂
When I saw this painting it took my breath away! Absolutely stunning. I will never have the privilege of visiting Tasmania but seeing it through your eyes is amazing! You are so talented.
Oh Sherry…that is so lovely! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me this. I love my island home and it has so many beautiful places I’m so lucky to live a few hours drive from. I do have two black toenails from my new walking boots to remind me of the day but I thought the painting would be a more pleasant and longer lasting memory:)