Tropical Fusions (Panel 1 of 4) by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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An experimental art ‘potpourri’ involving techniques of drawing, collage, opaque and transparent painting, layering and then even more overlaying, cutting and dividing.

Mixed-media: pencils – graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil, coloured; soft pastels, impasto gel (acrylic medium), netting, papers – rice, cartridge; natural processed fibres – bagasse (from sugar cane stems); water-based screen-print ink.
Support: 300gsm Arches rag paper, size 385 × 285 mm
(Original sheet size 770 × 570 mm divided into quarters.)
Image = Bottom left hand side panel of four.


  • Woman Painters (3.11.2013)
  • Traditional Mixed Media (17.02.2014)
  • The Tropical Zone (30.07.2014)


Original work is:

  • From the Group Exhibition: Cross Currents, 2002, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, QLD.
  • Previously Exhibited: 2002-03, Year of the Outback DPI Flying Arts; Selected work for Flying Arts TOURING Exhibition Regional QLD.
  • Work is in the artist’s collection.

Overall compositional imagery was inspired/influenced from nature drawing/painting studies direct from my local surrounding Far North Queensland tropical environment such as the capturing of:

  • undulating strata layers, rhythms and patterns from the telling timeline surfaces of palm tree trunks
  • Leaves – both actual and implied: of leaf fall, Native Hibiscus Tiliaceus (cottonwood) dried leaves plus others
  • Palm seeds
  • Butterflies and wings – both actual and implied: of the Cairns Birdwing and other
  • Seasonal atmospheric elements and Moon cycles
  • Earthy oxide palettes – of red iron, Indian red, yellow ochre, white, terra-verte, charcoal and blue – of soils, sands, sky, barks, plants, leaves etc.
  • Vessel shapes based on my own fibre receptacle forms
  • Symbology plays an overall important role in the total work.

My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...over 1 year ago

  • Zefira
    Zefiraover 1 year ago

    beautiful work

  • Thankyou Zefira.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • metriognome
    metriognomeover 1 year ago


  • Thankyou metriognome.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work Kerryn, this must have taken ages, the result is a very delicate marriage of all your media. I just love the colours. X

  • Thankyou Linda. Can’t remember how long the whole work (4 panels in all) took to complete – maybe was over a few months – it just keep going and going and more complicated than initially planned, lol. So busy back then, multi-tasking jobs and family!

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Here is a link to the finished work – back when it was framed for a Flying Arts comp./exhibition and ended up selected for touring as well. After I eventually go it back after a year or so, I did a bit more work to the top two panels. 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • ‘go’ > * got *

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 1 year ago

    Just checked out your link! Your work is amazing its so gentle and expressive and beautifully put together. Good on ya! xx

  • Hey thanks darl, 8 ) – very appreciative of your supportive feedback on this work.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Beatrice Cloake Pasquier
  • Thrilled and honoured to have ‘Tropical Fusions (Panel 1 of 4)’ featured in Women Painters. Thanks so much Beatrice. XXX 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 1 year ago

    Very well done!

  • So happy. Thankyou very much Madalena.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 1 year ago

  • Thankyou Janis! Very honoured to have the work featured in the ‘Mixed Media’ group!
    (17.02.2014 – AU time)

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Evita
    Evita8 months ago

    Beautiful work!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Tropical Zone ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ July 30th, 2014

  • Thanks so much for the honour of the work feature in The Tropical Zone Evita.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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