We have some hibiscus plants in bloom…most surprising is one plant that has bright pink flowers, pale yellow flowers and some stripey mutations! There are two seperate plants nearby, one with pale yellow flowers, the other with bright pink. So some interbreeding has happened…beautiful! The photo with two flowers…well they’re actually on the same branch…Amazing.
I’ve completed some Christmas mandalas...just for fun. For the Jacobean Lily mandala I used photos of my flowering Jacobean lily…red and green and Christmassy. The Crystal Christmas lights mandala is based on my photos of crystals and skies. Both have special “light” backgrounds to reflect the mood of the season. Hope you enjoy them! Purchase them at https://natureinspiredstudio.com/collections/mandala-wall-art
A tree is flowering in our front yard. I have no clue what it is, but it’s probably a local rainforest tree. It smells like honey. The clumps of flowers are lush, and the colour a vibrant golden yellow. Insects adore the tree….a wonderful inspiration for any creative activity. Hope you enjoy the pics…pardon the rain smudge on the second image!
At my new place I’ve been thinking about the gardens I can make…bought some plants and planted out some trees also. I had to quickly water the purple heliotrope...it was looking a bit dry. I’ll start working on some garden beds soon. It’s kind of exciting to be able to choose my own plants and where I’ll put them…so many ideas!
Have a peek at my latest works…uploaded to Gallery 1.
I’ve been creating some new works from my mountain hideout…today I’m posting 3 small ones. Two paintings have been heavily influenced by my relocation, and the weather conditions experienced with mountain living….when it’s wet, it’s wet! Loving being in an abode with more nature close by though…we have some rainforest remnant on the property. The other painting is more about the iridescent quality of tidal lakes in summer…the shimmering blue energy of that. The mountain works express green-ness and the energy of growth (things grow like lightning up here!), but also the white cloud/mistiness experienced here on the mountain.
The weather’s been quite warm and so we’re experiencing some storms. Took these pics as a large thunderhead approached. There’s lots of birdlife, including white cockatoos with their raucous voices. The most annoying noise up here is the sound of peoples lawn mowers…worse than Brisbane! Seems to be an obsession. Anyway, I’ve taken a few pics of the outdoors in our yard with storm approaching.
Been working on more paintings, and also a couple of mandalas especially for Christmas…so keep your eye out for those over the next week or so. I’ve planted a few trees and intend to put in more in the lower part of the yard; probably some rainforest types to complement what’s there already.
This week I’ve worked on a small piece, “Rockpool, Ballina” and I’m happy with the finished product. This piece alludes to memories of a favourite place to visit when my children were small. The rock pools at Flat Rock, near Ballina NSW, were full of delights if you waited patiently….tiny octopi, little bright fish, crabs, slow moving molluscs, starfish and the ubiquitous cunjovoi (sea squirts). What always intrigued me was the way the ocean flowed back into these pools at turn of tide, and refreshed life there. This is what I”m capturing in this painting…the gentle sparking flow of water that hid so many wonderful secrets. I’ve hinted at the presence of these creatures but have shown a few forms that allude to the cunjovoi in their brown and red colours. I find these memories wonderful and evocative; of magical wonderful times now passed. Perhaps you may find something that triggers such a memory on viewing this work.
Yesterday was a lovely day…my 61st birthday. I had a great day out up on the mountain with Taz (Mt Tamborine). It’s their Open Garden Trail all weekend. We spent the day looking at beautiful gardens and enjoying a picnic at the Knoll National Park. The gardens were all different in style; a small (almost overwhelming) cottage style, a house garden with marvellous orchids, and a palatial residence with some french styled parterre gardens. Many magnolias featured, and some plants happily appeared in all the gardens…must be climate. We didn’t visit all the gardens that were on display, but there’s always next year. Please enjoy these pics! (Thanks to Taz for most of these pics).