Monday, January 5, 2015

Bournda & Mimosa Rocks

Hobart Beach, Bournda 31-12-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

Hobart Beach, Bournda 1-1-15Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm

Mimosa Rocks 2-1-15: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2015, 18 x 25 cm

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to sharing many more interesting opportunities, projects and experiences coming up in 2015 (including an open studio day at A.N.C.A. 28th Feb, a solo exhibit at Flinders Lane Gallery 17 March - 11 April, an artist residency at Hill End throughout November, and a Bonsai/Print collaboration at Megalo Print Studio).

I couldn't have wished for a better way to celebrate the new year than clambering over rocks, studying shells, free-diving, being engulfed by schools of fish and feasting by the campfire with good friends. We spent a few days exploring a particularly beautiful section of the NSW South Coast - camping at Hobart Beach in Bournda National Park and Aragunnu in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Here are the watercolours I made while nestled in the sand or perched upon sharp rocks, as well as some photos of the moments that caught my eye.
















Saturday, December 27, 2014

Red Rocks Gorge

Red Rocks Gorge 26-12-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

I hope you are all having a joyous festive season and I wish you all the best for a happy and productive 2015! After a lovely relaxing Christmas with family, my parents accompanied me on a Boxing Day painting excursion to Red Rocks Gorge (Murrumbidgee River), one of my favourite places close to home (Canberra, Australia). It was a brilliant sunny day after a string of summer thunder-storms. It was a great challenge painting the strong sunlight moving across the faceted rock and reflecting up from rippling water below. I love sitting and drawing while listening to the rushing sound of nearby rapids, which remind me of the forces of movement and erosion that are slowly, but constantly carving and shaping the landscape.






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bittangabee Bay & Green Cape

Bittangabee Bay Rocks 29-11-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

Bittangabee Bay Rocks 30-11-14: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm

Stormy morning near Green Cape lighthouse
appreciating powerful water and strange eroded rock...




photo: Victor Wilson Wang
 free-diving newbies ready to explore hidden depths

little treasures

view from our beautiful campsite - looking down on Bittangabee Bay

photo: Victor Wilson Wang
UWR! Canberra Underwater Rugby team human sculpture featuring some of my cheerful & creative companions from a fun and inspiring free-diving/camping trip in Ben Boyd National Park

Monday, December 1, 2014

'COMMON GROUND' & 'M16 DRAWING PRIZE'

I'm happy to be part of a couple of exhibitions opening in Canberra this week: Common Ground - an A.N.C.A. studio artists exhibition (opening wednesday 6pm) and the M16 Drawing Prize  (opening friday 6pm). Both promise to be diverse, exciting exhibitions and I am especially looking forward to exhibiting alongside my Dad, Arjen Romeyn, in the M16 Drawing Prize. See below for more details and images of my work that will be on display.

Opening Fri Dec 5th 6pm, continuing until Dec 19th 
M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith, ACT
opening hours: Wed-Fri 12-5pm

Annika Romeyn, Tasmania Sketchbook, 2014, Ink and watercolour in Moleskine Sketchbook, 9 x 14 cm

Annika Romeyn &  Emilie Patteson, Incineration (Double Vision), 2014, lithograph, 56 x 76 cm


opening Wed Dec 3rd 6pm, continuing until Dec 14th
Australian National Capital Artists, 1 Rosevear Pl, Dickson, ACT
opening hours: Wed-Sun 12-5pm

Annika Romeyn, Mushrooms, 2014, lithograph with chin colle, 34.5 x 43cm

Friday, November 14, 2014

Journey to Gippsland - "Luminous Earth" acquired by Gippsland Art Gallery

I am very pleased that my watercolour "Luminous Earth" (currently on display in the John Leslie Art Prize) has found a fantastic home as part of the permanent collection at Gippsland Art Gallery. I was fortunate to have a few days and a willing companion (thanks Dad!) to turn the 6hr pilgrimage to the gallery into a scenic road-trip :) It was a pleasure to meet Curator Simon Gregg who wrote a great catalogue essay for the exhibition (currently available for download here) and to find out more about the gallery's program and collection. Most rewarding was seeing the broad variety of approaches to landscape painting on exhibit and being able to engage with the surface, scale and impact of each work in person.

L-R: Shannon Smiley (winner 2014 John Leslie Art Prize), Jason Cordero, Annika Romeyn, Frank Mesaric

L-R: Jason Cordero, Annika Romeyn, Frank Mesaric, Dale Cox, Stephen Haley


On the way to Sale we stopped at Buchan Caves and took a tour through Fairy Cave and Royal Cave, which were full of fascinating limestone formations.



Moving on from Sale we enjoyed the hospitality of a wonderful colleague in Nungurner and took an afternoon wander through her lush, sprawling property.


On the way back to Canberra we camped at Croajingolong to spend a little time exploring and sketching. We spent an evening relaxing on the lichen covered coastal rocks and a morning taking in the incredible giant sand dunes near Thurra River. 


Croajingolong Boulders: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm



Croajingolong Dunes: Annika Romeyn, watercolour, 2014, 18 x 25 cm


Friday, August 22, 2014

John Leslie Art Prize

I am excited to have been selected as a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize, one of Australia's major prizes for landscape painting. My watercolour Luminous Earth will be on display in what should be a fascinating exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery from 20th September - 23rd November.

Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)