Toward Freycinet, Mt. Wellington, Tasmania, 2018, acrylic on board, 30 x 40 cm.
This was my view from near the summit of Mt. Wellington looking east across Tasmania in January 2018. The local aboriginal name for Mt. Wellington is Kunanyi; the mountain was only given its current English name in 1832 in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napolean. It commands views across nearly all of southern Tasmania.
Whilst undertaking initial sketches the temperature here was a cool 10º below Hobart’s. Threatening skies, fields of lichen covered granite boulders, gnarled wind-swept trees; way below Hobart suburbs nestled along the Derwent River, distant lines of mountains and hills, with the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula just visible on the horizon.
See my plain-air sketch below.
Toward Freycinet, plein-air sketch, 2018, charcoal and pastel on paper, 21 x 30 cm.