New years eve on the mountain

Big storms this afternoon, but much cooler now. The sky was beautiful afterwards, with soft swift moving clouds whipping across to the west, a kookaburra resting in a tree to dry off….then afterwards the mist rolled in and now all is foggy, the sun is down, and pleasantly cool, and the cicadas are celebrating with their evening chorus.

Happy Australian New Year from the mountain!

Another little painting

Finished another painting yesterday…a very tiny one. I’ve called it “Profusion”, as an expression of the abundant growth here on the mountain. There’s a lot of movement in this work, and this also expresses the energy of growth. The red/orange background colour is very similar to the colour of the earth in my garden. Greens and yellows echo the local plant life which has a grand lushness to it.

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“Profusion”  26x20cm  $330

New abstraction “Dark mountain, red sky”

This dramatic and vibrant artwork is the latest from my studio. The title “Dark mountain, red sky” is evocative of restless power and drama, and the colourful primary hues exude a joyous feeling. There’s a lot of energy and movement in this work and I certainly enjoyed it’s making. Hope you do too! It’s priced at $530(AUD)…that’s Australian dollars.

Dark mountain, red sky

Dark mountain, red sky

Pics from a day out

Walking up on the mountain, a fave thing to do, we discovered some new stuff. The best is the giant pill bug, related to millipedes. It was about 5 centimetres long!….and moving slowly on many legs. The huge fallen rainforest tree, covered in moss, created a long cave, and probably a good home for many creatures. Other mossy rocks and a fallen orange flower also made interesting images….so here they are.

Day out at Beechmont

Took a little day trip on Wednesday, to Beechmont mountain, about an hours drive south of Brisbane, Qld. It was a beautiful winter’s day, but not too cold….the air can be a bit crisper up mountains. We stopped at Rosin’s lookout, the hang and para glider’s take off spot. A couple were waiting for a favourable wind, but to no avail. Remarkable views can be had from this location, of Woollumbin (Mt Warning in NSW), Springbrook, Lamington Plateau and Numinbah Valley. We took some photos and sat down to relax and enjoy the stillness, quiet, and apart from an occasional passing vehicle we only heard the local rainforest birds…..wonderful to have one’s ears unassailed by city noise. I miss the quiet of living in the country. It’s one of the many healthy benefits and a simple enjoyment that many people don’t bother to experience anymore. We all need more quietness in our lives. We also stopped at Denham Scenic Reserve, which I didn’t know existed till looking on google maps. It’s a very pleasing place, preserved and cared for by the local Landcare group. There’s a lovely creek, quite wild in places, which can be crossed and then a track is followed. We only ventured a short way, but next time plan to walk to the end. I suspect there’s a waterfall to be seen. Walking near rainforest creeks is really refreshing for the soul, and mind. Here’s a few pics from that area.