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.
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.