Iron lacework Paintings

When I moved to Bendigo, I fall in love with the decorative iron lacework on the buildings. It makes even the most plain of them look elegant and festive, ready for high tea or a party. Slowly the idea for a series of paintings featuring ironwork & native plants started to form. Therefore I started taking photos and painting small studies attempting to figure out the best way to capture the filigree nature of the iron lacework. Since I haven’t posted them here previously, I thought I’ll share them with you now.
Iron lacework compass sketch

10 February 2015 Ironwork Compass – Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour in Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

The Bendigo Discovery Centre, local Science Centre for the kids, was exploring the science of shadows during the winter school holidays and put out a call for the local artists to create shadow boxes. I couldn’t resist the temptation, since iron lacework creates gorgeous shadows, and attempted paper-cutting for the first time.

Goldfields Tea Break shadow box front
Goldfields Tea Break shadow box back

1 June 2015 Goldfields Tea Break – Winsor & Newton watercolour on Arches Paper; paper-cutting

Did you notice that it is the same iron lacework image that I later used for my Christmas cards?

After the paper-cutting I went back to the familiarity of painting, though I have some ideas for combining them both together.
Iron lacework & Eucalyptus sketch

5 August 2015 Iron lacework & Eucalyptus – Winsor & Newton watercolour on Saunders Waterford CP (not) paper

Iron lacework & Eucalyptus sketch

8 August 2015 Iron lacework & Eucalyptus – Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Iron Lacework & Cherry blossoms sketch

30 August 2015 Iron lacework & Cherry Blossom – Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Iron Lacework & Cherry blossoms sketch

31 August 2015 Iron lacework & Cherry Blossom – Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

I want to continue to experiment with the iron lacework and compass imagery and there will be more iron lacework paintings next year.

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