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.

Christmas greetings

Wishing every one of my followers, and everyone in the blogosphere a wonderful Christmas season and happy holidays!…here’s a Christmas Waratah mandala greeting for you.

Waratah xmas mandala with greeting

 

Plants for the garden

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!

Three new paintings

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.

More mountain pics

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.

New residence!

At last we made the big move…to a beautiful mountain…one of our favourite places. Have 1/2 an acre of land, consequently lots of grass mowing! But I hope to fill a lot of the space with gardens. I think it will be an epic project; some years worth. The cooler climate makes it suitable to grow some trees like magnolias and rhododendrons, even maybe a japanese maple and weeping cherry, as well as many smaller shrubs and bulbs. It’s kind of a blank canvas really. I took a few pics yesterday (after the wet weather cleared up) so you can enjoy them. Things seem to grow very quickly on the volcanic red soil, especially after rain.

I’ve also worked on a couple more paintings which I’ll show you soon…so keep an eye out for those!

So…a new lifestyle, and hopefully a change for the better.

Addition to Gallery 1 page

Just added my latest artwork “Little boat harbour” to my Gallery 1 page…take a peek.

Working again in the studio

This year has been very hectic, for many different reasons. I’ve recently caught up with my creativity again and have been making some new art! Today I photographed one I’ve completed so I’ll show you. It’s titled “Little boat harbour” and depicts the energy and light of Australian coastal boat harbours…I was reminded of these experiences; that of visiting coastal towns on various travels, and loving the quality of light on the water. The colours are heightened and bright; the sun is high. Perhaps I’m thinking about this as it’s winter here, and a bit chilly! Hope you enjoy, and remember, if want to purchase this painting, contact me. “Little boat harbour is priced at $875 (AUD) and measures 51×92 cm. It is ready to hang in your home right now!

Little boat harbour" is an abstract acrylic painting insight colours of white blue, yellow, pink and beige.

Little boat harbour 61×92 cm $875

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From the studio this week

I’ve been working on “Bangalow evening” for quite a while, deciding if I really like the vibrant pink…well I do, so it remains a major feature in this work. Bangalow is a small town in Northern New South Wales, and I’m assuming that it’s named after the ubiquitous bangalow palms that are native to this area , and up into south east Queensland. I have beautiful memories of sunsets while living in NSW, and in this painting I’m remembering the remnant rainforest around the small town’s edge. This painting has taken a couple of months to complete and I’m happy now with the result. I love the contrast between the sky and the trees. Hope you enjoy too.

bangalow-evening

“Bangalow evening”   76x76cm   $800(AUD)