Some more from Flinders Island

The weather here on Flinders Island has turned rather wild and woolly! Not really surprising as we are on an island perched in Bass Strait. Not only is it the body of water between Tasmania and mainland Australia, it is also the link between the Pacific and Southern Oceans. So those winds hurtle up over us from deep down in the Southern Ocean

We have had a few days of low temperatures, high winds and squally rain. It’s not the best sketching weather, but I have been out a little. The other day I sat on a step, in the shelter of the building sketching a cleft where the stream plummets down. The wind was howling through the trees and I knew it was cold, but I didn’t feel cold as I sat there. There is something meditative about drawing that takes you away from the immediate. I was very rugged up, and sitting on a piece of plastic to stop the damp. 😉

Later, in the calm and warmth of the bedroom I drew some of the essentials in my sketching kit

There is a warm scarf, knitted by my Mum, which made me feel even warmer, like a big cuddle! A beanie too. The dragons knitted into it by my friend Janet, were an added bonus. And gloves — one with fingers and one fingerless mitten. The fingerless one allowed me to control the pencil while keeping my hand warm. Needless to say I also had on thick socks, a thick coat and layers.

The Strzelecki Range behind the place where I am staying has massive, exposed granite boulders. It took me a little time to work out that one outcrop was actually one side of a valley. The creek that runs through the property comes from high up there.
I was attracted to the large granite outcrop at the top of the gully, and enjoyed exploring it with my pencil. However I realised that I was cramping it too much. It is a large, dominating rock formation and needed more space.
My first attempt:

After a warming cup of tea and a good think, I had another go, including the rocks on the other side of the valley. If you can work out this sketch you will see that I started it larger and vertically. I was still cramping it. It took me all this time to work out that the composition needed to be horizontal. The smaller, rectangular drawing was a thumbnail sketch. That was better.

So, rugged up and back to my perch on the step, I started another sketch which I was much happier with. I also added colour with coloured pencils.

It may not look fantastic, but it has given me the information to work on at home. However I still need to understand how to create the vegetation around the rocks.
This last photo was taken from the coast of Flinders Island, looking out over another island in the Furneaux Group, Mt Chappel Island, I think. You can see how the rugged beauty of the place has demanded my attention!


11 replies on “Some more from Flinders Island”

Hope you continue to have weather dry and calm enough for sketching. Love that photo. I appreciate seeing your sketchbook page and notes too. Makes me think I might be able to use my own sketchbooks more effectively.


Aww, thank you. One of the things I hope to show is that there is continual learning. You think you have it, realise you haven’t, work out what’s wrong, try to fix it, think you have it, realise you haven’t……and so it goes! I am hoping that all the little marks I have made in the sketch, which make perfect sense to me here still make sense at home!


It sounds bitter cold, but beautiful and rugged as well. I love the idea of one fingerless glove and one complete to enable drawing. A well planned kit to accompany your island adventure, and a lovely drawing of the same.


I wasn’t really sure that I would need all this cold weather gear as I was packing, but I am so glad I put it in. Fingerless gloves are a great idea, I love mine. My Mum often gets really cold fingers, so she wears a pair even just around the house.


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