Exciting tree

A tree is flowering in our front yard. I have no clue what it is, but it’s probably a local rainforest tree. It smells like honey. The clumps of flowers are lush, and the colour a vibrant golden yellow. Insects adore the tree….a wonderful inspiration for any creative activity. Hope you enjoy the pics…pardon the rain smudge on the second image!

Gardening

Loving the weather lately….good for gardening and planting. I’ve purchased quite a few things and am creating gardens now where they can happily grow.

Wind swept

Beautiful day on the Mountain, and some interesting cloud formations.

 

My new mandalas

I’ve been working on a series if digital designs for over a year, and at last they are complete. It’s been many hours of hard work but I’m loving my new Mandala patterns.

They are available for sale at my new online store

Here’s a few mandalas to enjoy.

 

New!…Mandala creations coming soon

Very happy to announce that my Mandalas are complete, and I’ll show you a couple here. It’s taken a lot of work, 100’s of hours in fact, and probably a year and a half, to be satisfied that they are ready. I’ll be introducing you to my new E commerce site in the next week or so, and all my art, including the Mandala series will be available there, for purchase.

The mandalas are digital artworks and I’ve truly enjoyed creating them despite difficulties…but that’s often part of the artist’s process. All these works are based on photos I’ve taken, and a couple of Taz’s I’ve used with her permission. My inspiration is nature, and the natural world. So here’s a few to whet your appetite….happy to know what you think!

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Light iris mandala

The-camellia-mandala

The camellia mandala

Deep-reef

Deep reef mandala

Back into creating art

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.

Byron trilogy- water, sky, beach

“Byron trilogy: water, sky, beach” 61x92cm  $825 (AUD)

If you are interested in purchasing this work please use my contact form

 

New work with environmental emphasis

My new painting, “Big Scrub-nearly gone” addresses some environmental concerns I have regarding loss of natural habitat. The Big Scrub was a large forested area from the Qld border down to Grafton; quite a large piece of land, once rainforest covered. Remnants remain in gullies, hillsides and national parks, and this artwork depicts such a pocket on the side of the Pacific Highway, northern NSW. The forest is so diverse and I employed bright colours to indicate this…a feature plant is the iconic Bangalow palm. Years previously I lived in this area and have developed much love for these beautiful remaining pieces of forest. Through this painting I’m endeavouring to bring to awareness the issues of loss of natural treasures in Australia. Hope you love the painting and feel some connection to the natural world through viewing the image.

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“Big Scrub-nearly gone”   $890(AU)  76x76cm

Updated “Remembrance”page

I’ve added another work, “Storm surge”, to my “Remembrance” page in the Gallery section. Maybe take a peek.

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“Storm surge”   51x41cm   $450(AUD)

“Storm surge”, recently completed

Early winter saw the arrival of some extreme weather conditions, resulting in large dangerous surf and damaged beaches. My painting “Storm surge” reflects these conditions and the changes to our environment. Nature provides drama in our landscapes not always to our liking. I wanted to capture that drama and also to contrast the deep blue oceanic hues with stark white, in order to maintain a simple yet energetic expression of nature at its most extreme.

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“Storm suge”  51 x 41 cm   $450(AUD)

Flowering gardens

Our Botanic gardens here in Brisbane are a beautiful sight in winter. So many things flower at this time in Australia. I thought you may enjoy some of these wonderful plants.