I’ve been working on this piece for a couple of weeks, and now it’s complete. The painting is titled “At home on the hillside” and is part of my Remembrance series. For me, it evokes memories of living in sub tropical Northern NSW….of seeing homes and sheds from a distance, on hillsides, as this is quite an elevated place. Large green areas, both dark (rainforest) and lighter (grass) are punctuated by small bright hues which could represent buildings, tracks, farmed patches and dams. Paint has been applied in many layers, yet leaving some underlying areas showing. My personal memory is of vibrant sunny colours and much happiness. There’s a lot of freedom in the brushstrokes and this reflects the personal freedomI felt living there….much loved and enjoyed. Hope you enjoy the artwork too.
Well it’s that time of year where we feast upon the glorious sight of multiple flowering jacaranda trees around our city. Annually people wait for this magnificent mauve display all through the city and suburbs, and also in most sub tropical areas on east coast Australia. The site travels down the coast as the season (and climate) progresses into summer. We look forward to it, yet for uni students it reminds them that exams are fast approaching! They aren’t native trees…South American I believe…but have been grown here in public parks, streets and large suburban gardens for 150 years, and are embraced and celebrated by all. Thejacaranda flowering is followed by another vibrant display by south African poinciana trees which are red. I’ve included a couple of extra pics of a leopard tree with its brand new leaves, a golden trumpet tree, a jacaranda with a red Illawarra flame tree (native) and a view of the city from Mt Gravatt. If you look carefully, tiny puffs of mauve appear in the distant suburbs.