Marlies Bugmann


Estuary scene with White-faced Herons (Egretta novaehollandiae); the scene was inspired by the birdlife of the estuary behind Marion Bay (SE Tas) - there is much feather fluffing among the White-faced Herons during breeding season.

Mixed media: Photography, traditional painting, digital art.

The brown falcon is my husband's favourite bird; one day, one crashed into our patio glass door, which is under cover, with a loud bang. To this day we don't know why the bird flew in under the roof of the patio. It had knocked itself out on the glass, but with some TLC, it soon came to, and after a few minutes, it dashed away, through the 20cm gap between the roof and the supporting beam - all we saw and heard was a brown flash, and the swish of the swift wingbeat. It sat on a nearby gumtree branch for the best part of the day, probably nursing a headache. The brown falcon (like other falcons) is known for making a loud cackle call, uttered frequently, and we'd like to think that when the brown falcon flies over our house, and we hear its rather boysterous cackling, it likes to let us know that it is still around.

This painting was inspired by a walk from Fortescue Bay to Bivouac Bay, past Canoe Bay, where the wreck of the dredger William Pitt has been scuttled as a storm break; the wreck in the painting is based on the William Pitt; the little pied cormorant is a local inhabitant.

Mixed media: Photography, traditional painting and digital art.

One of my favourite subjects: The waves at Marion Bay Beach. Over the years, I have on a number of occasions depicted, in one form or another, the crest of a wave, just when it breaks, as a herd of galloping white horses leaping over a hurdle. This version is mixed media - photography and digital painting.
Australian gannet folding wings to dive; mixed media - photography, traditional and digital painting; background - waves at Marion Bay Beach where these birds are seen.

The Green Rosella of Tasmania; the human eye can see only little of its beautiful colours when it dashes past, or hides in the green foliage of a shrub or tree. Capturing this bird on the wing has been a favourite pursuit of my bird-photographer husband, David. This collage is a collection of images that didn't make the cut for his portfolio - not even the sophisticated componentry of his cameras can match the speed of this beautiful creature. These images were collected over a couple of years, snapping our local flock of Green Rosellas.

If you are expecting a detailed ornithological study, then this is not for you - as the title implies 'A Flurry of Colour' is reminiscent of the 'blur' that a human eye can see when the birds are flying; however, with the trickery of digital artistry, the frozen movements of the iridescent blue, green, yellow, orange, or even dusky colours convey the bird's true colours.

The sun, and its energy, inextricably linked to life on Earth. An image from the past, resurrected in digital form, interpreted as the sun-flower.
For Karl May fans: Collage of a selection of Karl May's riders as I've interpreted them for various covers of my Karl May translations during the decade spanning 2004 to 2014. Among the riders are Winnetou, Old Shatterhand, Old Surehand and Apanatshka, Carlos and a gaucho with bolas, Long Davy and Fat Jemmy, Chief Black Mustang on his black steed, and Old Firehand. The three costume photos taken in 1896, and digitally coloured during 2012/3 are also a part of this collage, Karl May and his Riders.

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