A Maimeri Blu original Ryn Shell watercolour on A1 size 500 gram Fabriano paper.
This artwork is Copyright © Ryn Shell 2017.
It was my ambition to capture the look of transparent water where you could see the stones at the base of the shallow stream,
Ryn Shell (formerly Kathy Shell of Buninyong Gallery) painted all of these book covers for her novels.
Life was easy-going in the 1960’s and community events, especially in inland country towns were only lightly regulated. It was easy to hold a community event. There were few, if any, licences to apply for and little likelihood of a safety inspection.
For visitors to that town, an unfenced, roadside, grassy-strip without a “Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted” sign and the sound of a running creek just a few yards away, with a perfect log seat, was the perfect invitation to wander over and sit down. I did just that, and got out my sketch book and watercolours to create the on-site studies for the larger. studio completed, painting at the top of this blog post.
There was a Gymkhana in the town. I sat on the log, blissfully content painting in the open-air. In the distance I could hear a man on a megaphone instructing the riders. I tuned the noise out, focused on my painting, seeking solitude, with just me and the empty paddock, (field) and the creek as my view.
It became harder to block the noisy man and that megaphone out. He was shrieking into it.
His screams finally got through my tranquil mood — and at last I heard:
“Girl on the Horse Jump! GET OFF! The horses are coming!"
This blog's author and artist is Ryn Shell.