I’ve been working on this piece for a couple of weeks, and now it’s complete. The painting is titled “At home on the hillside” and is part of my Remembrance series. For me, it evokes memories of living in sub tropical Northern NSW….of seeing homes and sheds from a distance, on hillsides, as this is quite an elevated place. Large green areas, both dark (rainforest) and lighter (grass) are punctuated by small bright hues which could represent buildings, tracks, farmed patches and dams. Paint has been applied in many layers, yet leaving some underlying areas showing. My personal memory is of vibrant sunny colours and much happiness. There’s a lot of freedom in the brushstrokes and this reflects the personal freedomI felt living there….much loved and enjoyed. Hope you enjoy the artwork too.
I’ve recently completed a new collage, and quite a strange one it is! It has a story though, but I’ll show you first.
The story is….I found a butterfly lying on the grass and thought she was dead. She had damaged wings, and tried to fly when I picked her up, but couldn’t use the wings properly and was very exhausted. Taz took her inside, gave her a place with leaves, flowers etc in a box, and actually managed to feed her some dilute sugar syrup on a cotton ball…after having to delicately unwind her proboscis (feeding tube). The little creature survived overnight, and next morning was sitting in a tiny piece of sunlight in her box. So we took her outside into the light and air, and near to a tree. She seemed to delight in this and amazingly flew away!…to freedom. We were very pleased and I was inspired to write a haiku and make this artwork. The leaves are all photo copies of actual leaves we found, but obviously the butterfly isn’t! The species is called a “Common Crow”, and is local to the Brisbane area. So that’s the story. And it had a happy ending for all of us. Here’s the Haiku I wrote, and it’s included in the collage.
Sending everyone a greeting card to celebrate the season. Here in Australia we have been somewhat disturbed by the recent siege in Sydney…sadly 2 precious lives were lost, and others greatly traumatised. This is a country of wonderful freedoms, and such events might shock us, but will never prevent us from moving freely about our streets, shops, and cafes. And at this time of year we particularly enjoy travelling, camping and swimming and surfing at our numerous beautiful beaches. Crazed ideologies will never stop us from doing these things…we simply remain alert yet still very relaxed.
An ancient symbol of Christmas, having pagan origins is of course the tree…this is the tree of life, and reminds us of our connection with the planet and each other….our Interconnection. My card for this year features the beautiful rainforest Maiala, part of Brisbane Forest park. We visited this place a couple of weeks ago, and walked freely, enjoying the many bird calls to be heard (but mostly not seen). Some of these trees are quite old and the rainforest has a wonderful stillness, and a special smell. I very much love these places and find them cleansing for the soul…..so below is my greeting card for the season. Enjoy this time of year, and many blessings to you all where ever you may be.