RAAF Kowguran was the main explosive store on the Brisbane Line, Holding at times 2500 tons of bombs and ammunitions and to keep people at bay is a 16 strand barbed wire fence. Down the bottom paddock you can see a good section of this fence intact with views in the background.
I wanted to create a cloudless sky so the barbed wire strands would standout once painted.
A very light raw Sienna was used for the dirt and a light sap green was used for the grass undercoat. Olive and sap green were used for the trees.
I started working more grass into the painting along with speckled dirt. I didn’t worry about painting over the fence posts because these were only light washes and should still be visible so didn’t use masking fluid.
The fence posts were going to be a darker colour than the background so would easily cover up the underlying paint.
Next I started painting all the wire on the fence, which was hard trying to get a nice even thickness same as the strand below it.
A few dead trees were added into the background to make the painting a little bit more dramatic. I did contemplating painting a grey stormy sky, however I didn’t want this happy place to look too dark.
Fun fact, none of the bombs were ever used in World War II.
It was a very time consuming process adding all the barbs on the wire and small holes in the fence posts. I used a dry brush to try and create woodgrain in the fence posts.
Final scanned painting showing more grass and stones added. The last thing to paint were the shadows from the fence posts as the sun was just about to go behind the ridge line.
I would like to create six paintings in the Possum Park collection but I’m trying to work out what the last painting would be. Maybe the dam, windmill, camp fire or do I paint my art gallery, Possum Cottage the old explosives laboratory ?
As you can see below my Perimeter Fence artwork has been turned into a postcard and coffee mug for Possum Park, and possibly greeting cards later in the year.
I used a white handle as they didn’t make a grey one and yellow, green were already used on other mugs.
I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.
My painting come from my own experiences that I have experienced 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.
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Enjoy, Chris Osborne