36 ins x 24 ins; 91.4 cms x 61 cms
May 26, 2014
Carr painted wooded landscapes in oil on regular excursions from her studio in Victoria.
Working on manila paper, which was inexpensive and transportable, Carr created sketches like Forest Clearing in oil paints diluted with gasoline to the consistency of watercolour. She also invented a folding drawing board which simplified the handling of her materials. Happy with the results of this method, she remarked that she was “unafraid to slash away because the material scarcely counts. You can just paint and there’s no loss with failures. I try to do one almost every day.”
Carr perfected this technique by 1934, her sketches also brightening in colour considerably. Sketches were finished in one sitting while perched on a camp chair and were not touched up afterward.
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