Lakes District Museum & Gallery, Arrowtown 24 July - 30 August 2015
The Gallery has printed old-style road signs to title each groupings of paintings with their location. The journey starts at the left of the gallery and continues around the room, including two dramatic large acrylic paintings.
If you look closely, you'll find a sandfly set into the paint of the large 'The Devil's Own Staircase', evidence of one of the hazards of the plein-air painting practice that Janet is committed to. Imagine the sandflies that would be stuck to a large painting done at Milford Sound! The small works, 190mm x 150mm, are painted with gouache on paper. The gouache is thinner and thus faster to use than acrylics, but with more intensity of colour than watercolours. All of these paintings done plein-air, but I couldn't find any sandflies stuck to the gouache, even on the Monowai series.
In the Te Anau series, pastureland, human constructions and crisp light convey the spirit of the basin. The lake Monowai series, although geographically close to Te Anau, is an offering of steepness and depth, glacier valleys, water and shadow. This is is utterly distinctive from the Crown Range series of gravel screes, herringbone clouds and battered hills just resisting the dry erosion around them.
Anna Claire Thompson