May 2024 Mailbag

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Did you see the latest post showcasing the remarkable marine paintings of Robert Carter OAM? If you missed out there is a bookmark link below to take you to the post where you will see Robert's beautiful interpretation of the four-masted barque Magdalene Vinnen.

Towards Falmouth “The four-masted barque Magdalene Vinnen” by Robert Carter
We continue our series on the marvellous paintings by Robert Carter OAM, FASMA, FISMP of the ‘sailing ship’ era and published in “The Marine Paintings” of Robert Carter.

Rowdy Wylie (AnArt4Life team member) loves ships and has painted some himself - you can checkout his wonderful painting of the S.S. Casuarina, the ship used by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin to explore the coast of Australia and the Southern Pacific.

Rowdy commented on Robert Carter's painting of Magdalene Vinnen in this manner: The marvellous "Tall Ships" portfolio painted by Marine Artist - Robert Carter OAM... are truly magnificent! "Master Pieces", recording the historic "sailing ship" era...

Robert's compositions capture the salty marine environment wonderfully... the wind in the sails.. the movement of the clouds & sea birds in the sky... the unpredictable wave action.. & the salt spray breaking over the ships bow...

For the crew & passenger's this is excitement "plus"... full of adventure.. a sense of freedom!!! Thankyou Anne and Robert for a tremendous post... Rowdy..

Going to sea with Rowdy Wylie and Nicolas Baudin on the S.S. Casuarina
If you love sailing ships, as do I, this post is for you. Come aboard the SS Casuarina painted by Rowdy Wylie and also learn about Nicolas Baudin, French explorer.

And far away from the sea from our Roving Reporter D in Central Victoria comes an alert to a new sculpture from Andre Sardone in Mandurang, Central Victoria.

Andre has created a new spiky pod made with copper and brass and comments that these materials are really nice to work with and combine so well together.

A new spiky pod made with copper and brass by Andre Sardone (Credit:

And now, as we dive deeper into the mailbag, we find ourselves in Kolkata in India with our friend Soumya Kundu who has been extremely busy creating new works - on walls!!

His first wall painting is of a beautiful nature scene with blue birds and was created using acrylic paints and is washable!!

Washable acrylic wall painting by Soumya Kundu
Washable acrylic wall painting by Soumya Kundu

His second wall painting is of Doraemon, a earless robotic cat who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a boy named Nobita Nobi.1

Doraemon (ドラえもん) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio. The manga was first serialized in December 1969. Its chapters were collected in 45 tankōbon volumes published by Shogakukan from 1974 to 1996.1

Wall painting of Doraemon by Soumya Kundu

If you are on Facebook and would like to see more of Soumya's works, please follow the link below.

Soumya Kundu
Soumya Kundu is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Soumya Kundu and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected.

And also while we are in India I am sure you would like to see the latest watercolour painting of a Mountain Lake by Lakshay Narang who lives in Jalandhar.

Mountain Lake in watercolour by Lakshay Narang

Back in Australia a couple of intersting responses to my post about Painting starts with ideas.

Painting starts with ideas
Observation is an essential part of being a better painter. As you move around in your world try to record some of what is around you. Encourage your children to discover new shapes, patterns, colours in their world. Today I encourage you to copy one of my paintings.

Rowdy commented:

A wonderful post & painting Anne.. "Wilcannia Bridge" NSW... love the shaded area under the bridge... My thoughts are of the local kids congregating there.... a good spot to fish & gather yabbies... Also many thanks Anne... for your marvellous suggestions & ideas about starting a painting with a "blank canvass".... & the importance of providing "credits" & acknowledgement... "Master Artist" - Margaret Olley found inspiration for her composition's within her home environment & would move from room to room to seek out the best natural light... Rowdy..

And then Matt Cameron, the Interwebs Wizard, got busy with an AI program and came up with a new image based on my painting of the Wilcannia Bridge. Matt used the prompt sky dreams and an Illusion strength of 2.3 and below is the image the AI program made.

Matt Cameron's AI version of Wilcannia Bridge by Anne Newman with the prompt "sky dreams and an Illusion strength of 2.3 powered by

Tomorrow we will look at some more of what AI powered image manipulation can do.