Clem Walton Park

The Story Behind the Painting

While visiting Mary Kathleen last year I came across a free camp that has been the best in Australia so far on my travels.

It’s between Cloncurry and Mount Isa and has fantastic weather, blue skies and you can camp right beside the creek or dam. However this late in the year it was starting to reach around 37degs in the afternoon.

The bird life is amazing and I’ve come across birds I haven’t seen before so I’m sure they will make the painting list soon.

This view was on the way to the toilet in the late afternoon, I was amazed by the sky which hopefully I have sort of captured. Talking to friends I may have to change from gouache to watercolour for the skies but its early stages and I’m still learning. I may have been taught to draw but I’ve taught myself to paint by experimentation and reading a few books.

My Painting Process

My next exhibition has a proposed name of Beach to Bush, so I thought it was about time that I started painting some landscapes and seascapes.

This was supposed to be a nice even sky but without a 3inch brush the result was a little banded. I then used a dry brush to try and lift paint off the paper leaving some white clouds, it sort of worked.

The orange cast to the right hand side of the paper was just the sunlight coming through the blinds.

I then added some white paint to make the clouds pop with darker clouds towards the horizon.

Now to add some Australian red dirt to give a nice contrast to the sky, I also worked some hills into the background and a little foliage.

I finally found a use for my fan brush creating some nice tyre marks in the dirt. It also seems to be useful for creating rocks.

Painting all the rocks takes a few hours and the shadows were a little challenging also on this wide panorama. More bushes were added and I love painting the Australian gum trees with their different coloured bark.

The next morning I start working on shrubs and grasses. I always have the same problem with just off white dry grass, too much water becomes transparent and too much white in 30 deg days, it seems dries on the brush failing to come off on the paper.

So this was a painstakingly long part of the painting which never seemed to progress much in the next few hours.

I also re visit the sky with more white clouds trying to graduate them in size to the horizon.

I happened to have a market collection frame in the car with me so I framed it up in that. I’ll be selling this Artwork a little cheaper because it’s not in a professional frame, or I may even put this one up for auction on the opening night of the exhibition in March 2021.

Gouache Colour Palette

I used sky blue not winsor blue.

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

2 Comments on “Clem Walton Park

    • Thank you, can’t wait to get my own studio so I can start painting with oil again, they are so much more vibrant colours to paint with. I’ll try watercolour next though once I can get my hands on some professional Winsor and Newton’s.

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