Now I’m back home I should start selecting objects to draw for Assignment one.
Going to select objects to match the following characteristics of Tropical Tourist:
Lush rainforest – Fern fronds
Sea life – coral, shells- Patterned shells that I bought or I could use my nautilus shell. Not sure if nautilus shell is tropical. Just looked it up. What I have is the shell of Argonauta nodosa (paper nautilus) and this is actually a species of octopus. The shell is actually an egg casing and it’s largely not tropical but found in cooler areas. So the shells I bought in the souvenir shop will have to suffice to suggest shells and coral. I have coral pictures too but can’t take actual samples.
Blue/green water- Blue curacao cocktail
Humidity – Really struggling with this one. The feeling of thick air in the jungle is what I’m after. Thinking I have a small carafe that I could put a lid on and put dirt in it to allow condensation to collect…. maybe, I’m not sure. Consider presenting the fern fronds in the carafe and sealing it for a while to get condensation.
Bright sun – Drawing things outside with strong shadows, or alternatively I have a yellow massage ball that looks like it has sun rays coming from it. Also looks a bit like a beach toy.
Tacky souvenirs- Turtle “snow dome”
Cocktails- Plastic cocktail glass
Swimming- Bright flower pattern towel
So maybe towel, fern in carafe, blue cocktail in cocktail glass, turtle snow dome, patterned shells, yellow spiky ball. Six objects but some of them combine two things.
Tomorrow I will photograph them and try some arrangements.
I collected some objects from the souvenir shop here on Hamilton Island thinking that they would serve as my source objects for drawing. But then I read the brief more thoroughly and I realised that I should really be identifying the qualities, as well as objects, that I think of as tropical tourist, and selecting objects based on that. To that I end I did the brainstorming in the previous post.
Now I’m going to add some imagery from our current tropical holiday, that start to illustrate my sense of tropical tourist.
One of the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Tropical Tourist is cocktails. Not sure what this says about me but they seem to be the ubiquitous resort drink.
Tropical holidays in Australia usually mean coral and snorkelling. This is a piece of dead coral washed up on the resort beach. I have photographed it but have then put it back on the beach because it’s an offence to take coral. Notice also the interesting pattern from the towel behind
This is my collection of souvenirs from the gift shop. I purchased shells because you shouldn’t really take them from the beach in a national park.
Humid cloying heat and lush greenery with buzzing insects speak of tropical to me. It’s actually not that warm at this time of the year but you can still feel the humidity. Lots of new growth on Hamilton Island at present as a very destructive cyclone went through the area just two months ago.
Palms, decimated by the recent cyclone, fringe the waters of the coral sea