Last week we had a quick beach visit down to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. It was a lovely day and the ocean was stunning in its blues and turquoise. I took pics of the beach and from the headland car park. After that there’s a walk up to the headland but we didn’t go this time.
I haven’t painted anything for 5-6 months….life has been difficult. My daughter had major surgery in December and is due for some final surgery soon. My mother also passed away early in the year….so there’s been a lot to deal with.
This week I felt inspiration rising again, after this great period of grief and distress, and have been able to take up the brush.
I started 2 works and have completed one, dealing with memories of the Australian summer and the powerful presence of the light and colour experienced in our coastal areas. “Byron trilogy: water, sky, beach” features dominant colours of yellow and blue, and spontaneous brushstrokes reflect the immediate experience of the coast at Byron Bay: the ocean and beach in vivid hues. It’s a joyous expression after a personal time of turmoil.
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Pranged my car yesterday…not sure if it’ll be written off or not….feeling sad. I don’t know if I have enough finances for a new one. And also sad because we can’t go out driving occasionally like we normally do, to remain sane. Luckily we visited Brunswick Heads on Tuesday, and we had a great day, on the beach and in little shops. (Good coffee too!) The beach has been somewhat damaged by the recent storm surges and the river was running very high, a big swell at the river mouth. But the day was pleasant and no wind on the beach. Eventually the sky started to clear from the west. A beautiful day out.
The latest of my Alchemy series is complete today, and so I’m posting it up for you to enjoy. It’s titled “Beach treasures from the oceanic mind” and once again explores the deep hidden areas of psyche moving into light; the painting acts as a metaphor for my own inner process, but also as an external process in the real world, whereby blobs of coloured paint are transmuted into an artwork. Note the tiny specks of gold; another reference to alchemy. This painting’s quite bright in colour over much of the surface and is reminiscent of beach sand…the title speaks of this too. Just as we may find tiny treasures on the sandy shore, similarly we may find hidden treasures within our personalities.
Here’s a few more pics from Underwater world and the beach at Mooloolaba. It was a lovely day out yesterday. The weather was perfect and cooler now, after a hot summer …so nice. The otters were resting in the sun, and the crocodile resting in his (fake) watercourse. It always concerns me when I see larger wild animals and mammals in restricted environments. How does this affect them emotionally, physically and mentally?…I’m sure it does even though many people would not recognise this as an issue. It’s wonderful to see animals we aren’t familiar with in zoos, and often there are great breeding programs. Still, it causes me to think on these issues….anyway, the beach was beautiful!
Loved our brief holiday to the Northern Rivers, NSW…took some beautiful snaps…If you get a chance to go there you’ll love its scenic beauty. Rainforests, national parks, the best beaches, markets, villages and of course Byron Bay are the outstanding features of the area. There’s lots to do and see. It’s definitely a wonderful place for Shinrin-yoku, Japanese for “forest bathing”, and you’ll also catch some good waves off the beaches. Mt Warning (Wollumbin) is the main mountain attraction in the area, and is the remnant plug of a massive volcano that exploded millennia ago leaving a huge caldera up into Queensland and as far south as Ballina.
Our favourite things are walking to Protestors and Minyon Falls, and visiting the Crystal Castle near Mullumbimby.
Am excited about using some of these pics as a basis for future artworks. Some of our best pics are here for you in a slideshow.