More studio designs

I’ve been having fun with some photos I’ve taken, of succulents and cacti, and have come up with a few more digital designs. I love the sculptural shapes of these kinds of plants and how contrasts of tone and texture can be created….here they are.

 

Crazy Cactus design

“Reflections: billabong” from the studio

A new work “Reflections: billabong” is completed and has taken quite some time to create. My painting process can be quite lengthy…I overpaint and change things in my paintings, as I’m working on them. Often they begin with an idea, even a predetermined image in my mind. But the painting develops a life of its’ own and the final stage is regularly unrecognisable from the original idea. I love this spontaneity! It’s a joy to work in this manner, responding to my intuition and tweaking it with knowledge and technical expertise.

The inspiration came from a visit to the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens where a beautiful billabong (small lake) is located. The immediate surroundings are native trees and plantings but some reflections are of the local houses. I love the juxtaposition of urban surroundings with nature in this case, and highlighted the greens and blues of the watery pools with vivid warm colours from the suburb. Lots of fun and I hope you enjoy “Reflections: billabong”.

Please contact me if you are interested in making a purchase. The painting is $990(AUD) and is 76x76cm, acrylic paint on stretched linen.

Reflections - billabong

Reflections:billabong  76x76cm  $990

 

Games Baton Relay

Well, the Commonwealth Games are almost upon us and as we are so close to the Gold Coast, we’ve had a lot to endure (and more to come). Today the Queens Baton Relay came through Tamborine Mountain. I ventured out for this event, and guess (maybe?) it was worth the walk from my house and a wait of about an hour. The day was extremely pleasant, about 23 degrees up here, with few clouds and a gentle breeze, plus not too many people and I was able to stand in the shade of a lovely tree, and took lots of photos without concern! Heaps of police, emergency service people, volunteers for the Games etc…..almost as many as onlookers!…Just kidding, but it wasn’t crowded. The kids had a good time, and there’s lots of activities heading into the night. I don’t think I’ll bother with that though. Here’s some pics of the baton and it’s bearer…everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Burleigh Heads visit

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.

“Swell” sculpture festival

Yesterday we drove down to Currumbin to view the “Swell” Sculpture festival, which showcases sculpture in an outdoor setting, on, or surrounding Currumbin Beach. The weather was perfect and the sculpture was truly amazing. Everyone in the Gold Coast/ Brisbane area should make an effort to go along. I’ve taken masses of pics, and here are some of my highlights (mostly everything!). All of them were beautiful in diverse ways, and some celebrated beach life, but many spoke about our relationship with the environment and this country. We personally loved “Stillness in time” (the pink discs) and “Save our seabed” (the colourful recycled plastics powered with a solar panel). It all finishes on Sunday.

Pics from Currumbin

Last Friday we visited Currumbin Beach on the famous Gold Coast. It’s a magnificent beach with wonderful rocks, and spectacular views. We took photos from Elephant Rock next to the Surf club, and also down near the other rocks. The weather was perfect, with a slight breeze, not too hot or overcast. Taz even made a quick drip castle as the sand was perfect for the job…took us back to the kids childhood…drip castles were a favourite beach occupation. Currumbin isn’t too crowded and very pleasant to visit and the views from the surf club are amazing. It’s a great treat to walk on a beach again that has proper white sand and put the feet into the surf edge….refreshing for body and mind. My eyes love the distance of an ocean view, and as we do so much close up viewing on devices, it’s a healthy thing to look out to great distances occasionally (well, as much as possible). Currumbin Beach and the surrounding beaches have just been listed as some of the best surf beaches in the world and have some kind of special listing as a result….a wonderful place to play and enjoy.