Today I’m showing the first of the Alchemy series of paintings. This one is titled “Alchemy: the cave where we were all born”. The title harkens back to a time of prehistory, to remind us of our beginnings, yet there is gold present (and can be seen in a couple of places on the surface) that is symbolic of change and development in humans collectively and individually….a kind of metaphor for transformation of the soul or spirit. The darkness can represent base emotions, but can also mean the place of the womb….a place of quiet incubation. This painting was also inspired by a cave in the Numinbah National Park. It’s quite a low but protective place and has a waterfall next to it, which gives an enlivened feeling to the place. It was probably used by earliest Australians for many thousands of years, and has previously had glow worms living there. The references to water are observed in the vivid blue and white of the painting, and the water at this cave is indeed a brilliant hue.
Loved our brief holiday to the Northern Rivers, NSW…took some beautiful snaps…If you get a chance to go there you’ll love its scenic beauty. Rainforests, national parks, the best beaches, markets, villages and of course Byron Bay are the outstanding features of the area. There’s lots to do and see. It’s definitely a wonderful place for Shinrin-yoku, Japanese for “forest bathing”, and you’ll also catch some good waves off the beaches. Mt Warning (Wollumbin) is the main mountain attraction in the area, and is the remnant plug of a massive volcano that exploded millennia ago leaving a huge caldera up into Queensland and as far south as Ballina.
Our favourite things are walking to Protestors and Minyon Falls, and visiting the Crystal Castle near Mullumbimby.
Am excited about using some of these pics as a basis for future artworks. Some of our best pics are here for you in a slideshow.