Day at Beechmont

While our dog had a grooming session, we made use of some spare time to visit a nearby mountain, Beechmont, just south of Tamborine Mountain. There’s a walking track through forest, in the Denhams’ Reserve, and we followed this for a short way, across a beautiful creek and onto the Falls for a view. The weather was mildly cool and many frogs and birds can be heard. The Beechmont Landcare group care for the forest reserve. Further back on the road is the well known Rosins’ Lookout which is highly favoured by paragliders, and the view from this spot is dramatic and beautiful, looking all the way south to the border…some cloud today but still worth the drive. The Gold Coast Hinterland has some stunning scenery. I’ve included some pics.

Art from the mountain

I’ve been creating some more artworks today, taking some time out from the garden. A newly finished piece is “Green retreat”, expressing the mood and sense of “green” overwhelm that living here on the mountain induces. The presence of the lush local rainforest and garden landscape is all surrounding…its green abundance and cicadas singing outside is the ever present energy. Pinks and yellows act as contrast and are a nod to the flowering trees and plants that accompany the green.

This painting is acrylic paint on stretched linen and is ready to hang. It measures 76×76 cm. and is priced at $1070 AUD. Enquires can be made here.

An abstract painting in greens, pinks and yellow

“Green retreat” 76x76cm $1070

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!

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.

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)

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.

big-scrub-nearly-gone

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

More Springbrook treats

Our day out yesterday offered some great scenic opportunities despite the weather. We visited the Canyon lookout and the spectacular Purlingbrook Falls lookouts. On the track is a board featuring aboriginal names and words linked to the area. The little Purling Brook itself gave us an unusual experience of watching little Water Boatmen guarding their territories in the quiet pools. They’re such tenacious little guys, each one with it’s own tiny place to protect….they’ll even have a tussle if needs be! I’ve included some more pics.

Wild day on the mountain

We made a day out up on Springbrook….turned out to be wet, foggy, a bit rainy, yet marvellous. Taz and I visited various lookouts and did some short walks, the most interesting being the Antarctic beech walk, a strange old forest with mossy bearded trees and the very old Antarctic beeches, remnants of the old Gondwana continent forests. Much of this forest feels like Lord of the Rings! There are very few birds and another afternoon I visited, it was completely silent. The fog yesterday made the whole thing very atmospheric and a bit spooky, but we loved it despite being wet and cold. I got marvellous pics, including a little native rainforest snail. The view from the Best of All Lookout, was dense fog, rain and wind…right on the edge of the mountain…a great way to contact the elements (wouldn’t a storm be amazing!).