helen amyes

from the studio


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20th August 2015

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Flowers and fabric 1 still life drawing recently curated into “best in price range” collection on Saatchi Art Online. Winter weather has had me working indoors on a still life series with gestural mark making.The darker ¬†Tasmanian light is leading my palette into exploring blues,grey and black with darker melancholic feel. Is this Tasmanian Gothic creeping in?

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3rd Febuary 2015


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Abstract painting from new series “Landscape not made”. This work continues the theme that i am working on about the burnt areas of Tasmanian bush [forest] that is regenerating and is derived from the study notes for landscape painting.These start as small collages made in series, then i pick the best to work up bigger on ¬†canvas. media include acrylic paint and graphite on canvas.


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21st january 2015

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Altered film photographic print. Flip Flop or Aussie” Thong”,at the base of a boat house,Ochre Beach,Dodges Ferry Tasmania. Film lomo colour print 100 ,camera Holga 135 BC ,hand painted with gouache and inscribed with intaglio print making tool.

Altering these “duffers” i.e. prints that were rather dull, has been a lot of fun and is sort of leading to a series.Well received on Red Bubble [Thanks Guys!] and good for the wallet as recycling/ reusing everything is vital to a sustainable arts practice.Knowing that the lomo photography would be a rather hit and miss affair [and that is part of the appeal] hand altering the prints is a nice cross over to painting and scratching the emulsion surface feels pleasantly taboo, like cutting up old books for the first time, or planting a yarn bomb.


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13th January 2015

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A visual poem/asemic writing work hot off the studio table.This is part of a series i am working on called Disruption,some of which will be sent to an exhibition Networked Disruption curated by Vittore Baroni. the style of visual poetry [where text intersects with visual art] i favour, is just a shade off abstract art where the letters become just another mark in the range of available shapes.The colours are my new Tasmanian palette taken from burnt logs,grey skies and lime green new growth foliage. A sense of place comes into all the work.

media used include atelier interactive acrylic paint,alphabet stickers from the $2 shop,part of a decorated envelope sent by an artist friend, on Draw and wash textured paper by Artist Spectrum.


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8th january 2015

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Sketching for the abstract landscape series Lazarus Rises. The site i am using is the Woodvine’s Reserve Forcett,Tasmania. Many trees are still very blackened by the fires, but the green regrowth is incredibly vibrant,especially when the sun shines. Picking up charcoal to use in pictures,taking frottage [rubbings] from bark and ferns to collage into work, its almost sensory overload. After this second drawing session i got caught up photographing old tin sheets at the homestead,another obsession waiting to be explored further.

Equipment used fishing tackle box to carry drawing materials to the site,moleskine journal with one concertina page[ built in elastic is good to anchor the page in windy conditions] and lumix FX01 camera.

photograph by Paul Amyes


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1st January 2015

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New work for a new year!

Collage study from a series Lazarus Rising, about the burnt landscape round here from the Tasmanian fires of 2013, coming back to life. New shapes emerge as the forest grows back.Some of the mark making was taken from a field trip to Woodvine’s Reserve, Forcett,Tasmania. This will now be worked up into a large abstract painting.

materials used include Atelier interactive acrylic paint, Koh i noor progresso aquarell grahite sticks,stabilo aquacolor pencil,dress makers tissue on Art Spectrum Draw and Wash textured 210gsm paper.

I try to use Australian made products where possible to support the industry.


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9th november

opposum bay rocks


Out and about observing and photographing rocks around Opposum Bay Tasmania, inspiration for next painting series? This was at the end of a lovely lonely beach,we only met one friendly lady on the walk back. A rocky headland with dried star fish in abundance[some collected for art making] and all these coloured rocks that were nature’s abstract paintings. Digital capture with Lumix DMC FX01 camera, a hand me down from the Other Half.Photography like this is for me essentially an exercise in looking, and note taking rather than an end product.