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On the coast of Vietnam, east of Hanoi, is the world heritage listed Ha Long Bay. Scattered throughout the bay are around 2000 spectacular limestone islands. The constant heavy mist (either coastal fog or Hanoi smog) adds to the mysterious appearance of the region.
Early morning bathers.
Here are some of the demo paintings from the Tasmanian workshop.
Cray Boats moored in the bay at Bicheno – Gesso, Gouach and Phthalo Blue
Further around the bay at Bicheno are rock formations covered in brilliant orange lichen
Old boat sheds at Coles Bay made a great subject – interrupted briefly by the retrieval of a dozen yellow kayaks paddled into the bay.
Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain is a spectacular sight. We were lucky to be able to paint it – the mountains are usually blanketed in thick fog.
Hobart Waterfront – watercolor, ink, gesso and gouache
Macquarrie Harbour from the hotel balcony, Strahan.
Two weeks in Tasmania and not a sign of rain! The workshop was great and all the foul weather plans were unnecessary – talk about lucky. After we all said goodbye in Launceston, Dianne and I found our truck in the car park of Launceston Airport and headed south to explore some more of Tasmania.
Port Arthur from the cold waters of the bay.
Island of the Dead – Port Arthur
Hells Gate Lighthouse on a rare sunny day.
Six obedient seagulls – Bruny Island
Long forgotten graves
Fog towards Cradle Mountain
Winter wood – New Norfolk
Convict graves – Ross
Low Head lighthouse
Ripples on the Gordon River
Shop Dummy – Ross
Painting at Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain
Architectural Minimalness -Oatlands
Bichneo fishing boats
Architectural Practicalness – Zeehan
Banks of the Tamar
Port Arthur get away car
Archictectural Impressiveness – Ross
Architectural Awesomeness – Rosebury