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Late Autumn afternoon Hill End by fredasurgenor Late Autumn afternoon Hill End by fredasurgenor
This painting is watercolour on paper.

I did this in response to a call for entries for an exhibition titled "Outback to Hill End" at the Royal Art Society, Sydney.

We went, over Easter, which is Autumn, down under, to Hill End itself. It's an old prospecting town, over the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
We stayed two days, taking lots of photos and this painting came from a "gift". The sun had dropped down low and the clouds were banked up in the East. Click! one moment and I had got it! And the next moment, the magic was gone. The sun went behind more clouds.

In fact it was cloudy most of the time we were there and was disappointing in that way, because I love to paint the contrast of sun and shadow. But there was just enough sun to satisfy me, mostly morning and evening, and I may paint some more of this fascinating area.

And.................hardly a spot of water to be seen. Mind you, I did go down to the river where they used to pan for gold and got some shots in. Nothing I fancy painting yet though.

Interestingly, there are now four exploratory mines there and it looks like they will be operational in the future, still plenty of gold there.

Thank you once again for all the kind comments, faves and watches.

Freda's website: [link]
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Sellaman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
It's strange but nice to see a timber house in that area.
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
There are a lot of them. Sofala has heaps.
The house was weatherboard painted white and stained orange by the setting sun. A brief but brilliant moment.
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Endofsecrets Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
It's very beautiful, I agree! :)
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, much appreciated.

:heart:
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GalleriaAtyra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
This is a wonderful painting. I voted you first for the contest! Good luck! :-)
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much, for the vote and the fave, most appreciated.

:heart:
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Exposed in the big TAD Summer Feature!
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, I am honoured.
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ayalpinkus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful painting! I love the way you did the sky (nice approach to make it look dark), love your choice of colors, sharpness of the details, and the overall composition is really good.

Beautiful painting!
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you so much, very appreciated.

:hug:
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13thfreelance Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you and for the fave.

:heart:
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13thfreelance Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welc!
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:iconmario-freire:
mario-freire Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastico fantastico fantastico.
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. and for the fave
:hug:
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hellknite Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
amazing sky there really like that bit the most :D
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, it's the first time I have ever succeeded with watercolour in doing a sky, usually, I have to supplement with a bit of acrylic. And thanks for the fave.
:heart:
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hellknite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
ya welcome keep up the nice work :)
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:iconphantastes:
phantastes Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
This is neat. Good interplay betw shadows and highlights. :)
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much and thanks for the fave.
:heart:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008   General Artist
This is SO photorealistic! Excellent quality of work, very Dutch in some ways..
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ayalpinkus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wouldn't call it a Dutch scene exactly, unless you mean the dark skies ;-)

But a great painting indeed!
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ayalpinkus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful painting! I love the way you did the sky (nice approach to make it look dark), love your choice of colors, sharpness of the details, and the overall composition is really good.

Beautiful painting!
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Anna and thanks for the fave
:heart:
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reem279 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
amazinggggggggggggggggggggg :clap::clap:
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
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Thanks Reem and thanks for the fave.
:hug:
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melyanna Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you get such a crisp look with watercolours? It's great!
I really love the sky and well, everything else in here :-)
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Melyanna
To get the crisp look, I work on dry paper and draw all in detail first, then colour it all in.
Thanks for the kind comment.
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melyanna Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the explanation: I understand :-)
Keep up the good work!
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Delighted
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful
1!
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much David, it's quite experimental, this sort of landscape, for me. And thanks for the fave.
:hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a very beautiful work Freda.. really
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks again David
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
VEry welcome!
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tdierikx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Absolutely divine Freda!! You have captured a magic moment for all time here! *fave*
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:iconfredasurgenor:
fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks so much Tracey.
And thanks for the fave.
And where are your new fractals, I'm dying to see them.
:hug:
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tdierikx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
I'm waiting for the weekend when I may have some time to prep the images and upload them... *grin*
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to it.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It looks like the rain clouds just covered the entire place, so detailed for this medium, and a lovely looking place :)
I miss Sydney and Australia as a whole :(
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Jasmin and thanks for the fave.
I do hope you make it back here. When were you last in Australia?
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
... i doubt it though for we were there bec. of hubby's job, posted there for a few years from end of '99 till mid. '02...
And you're welcome :hug:
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Martywolf92 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
wow i lvoe that sky there! Which reminds me of yesterday. We had a dust storm. The weather was sorta hottish. The wind was going 125km/h. On the news they said the winds were like 2nd thingy cyclone. The sky was brown all around our house and it was like right above us was bluey and it was like we were in the eye of the storm. Nothing happened just the brown sky moved slowly across and then it cleared up. Scary!
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
We now have those winds, but no dust. We got a southerly after the westerlies which must have brought the dust to you. It must have been really dramatic with the brown sky and everything.
Glad you like the sky. I miss doing the water, though. But it was good to try this landscape as a change.
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Martywolf92 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
yes it was like a cyclone or something was occuring. It was very scary. My dog was barking. yup its a very nice change from the water. Though i love your water very much! =D
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fredasurgenor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Danny
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Martywolf92 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
anytime.
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