Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Central Australia - East MacDonnell Ranges Part 2 : Trephina Gorge

One of the highlights of our trip to the MacDonnell Ranges was the day spent painting and sketching at Trephina Gorge, about 85 kms east of Alice Springs. The landscape consists of sheer red rock quartzite cliffs with a shallow sandy creek running through, fringed by river gums.

Trephina Gorge
Acrylic on Paper
 on 300gsm watercolour paper
I unintentionally, but consistently painted a face in nearly all the rock faces that I drew or painted.


Trephina Gorge 2
Acrylic on Paper
16 x 6 inches (40 x 15 cms) on 300gsm watercolour paper
 
It was quite a hot day and the acrylic paint needed to be consistently sprayed to keep it workable. I
used a "stay wet palette" & did enjoy using acrylic on this trip. I was able to get a less finished look than I normally get with my usual oils, The rougher paper texture helped, as well as the need to paint quickly before the painting dried.

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