I have just completed my final painting for 2015. This is the last painting in the series The Last Fleet that will be exhibited at the Arts Centre, Gold Coast City Gallery, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise Qld from 6th February until 26th March 2016. All are invited to meet me at the opening of the exhibition at 3pm on that date. If you miss the opening, the exhibition will continue until 20th March 2016. I may add more paintings to the series from time to time, but the series now is as it will be exhibited at the Arts Centre.
The anchors are likely to be from a shipwreck called Charles Eaton which is situated above the shoreline on the Great Detached Reef in Far North Queensland. My latest image shows one of the anchors which can be seen above the shoreline. Below is the other anchor, which is underwater.
Reference photos for these paintings was supplied with permission from Pete Illage, Marine Archaeologist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Both are painted with the encaustic medium (sometimes called hot wax), which is beeswax and damar resin, with oil paint sticks for colour. It it applied in a molten state and fused with a heat gun. More information about this beautiful medium can be found in another blog post called "What is Encaustic".
The Charles Eaton shipwreck and the story of the survivors is a fascinating story.
The Charles Eaton was wrecked on 15th August 1834 but for more than a year, nothing was heard of her passengers and crew. Gradually word started to spread in many and scattered countries that some were still alive but in captivity as slaves.
I have posted an extract the story and fate of the Charles Eaton and her passengers and crew in my website. You can read this fascinating account by clicking on the following link to my series "The Last Fleet" and then opening one or both of the anchors.
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