I’ve been working on “Interior landscape: aerial” for a few weeks now, and last it’s finished. The painting references the Australian outback as seen from above…as you pass from agricultural land to a more harsh outback environment. I’ve used curved shapes in repetitive ways to indicate landforms, as the landscape often has weathered forms which are interesting to the eye. I’ve left a fluoro pink patch of paint in the centre of the work, just fro fun and a bit of crazy contrast, although sometimes similar colours can be witnessed in these harsh places.
I’ve added three recent works to Gallery 1 and I’m pleased how they look. They’re titled “Kata Juta: dusk”, “Sunday morning: Rainbow Valley”, and “Forest conversation”. These paintings, along with all my other paintings, can be purchased at https://bluet.hm/SusanL
Well, the Commonwealth Games are almost upon us and as we are so close to the Gold Coast, we’ve had a lot to endure (and more to come). Today the Queens Baton Relay came through Tamborine Mountain. I ventured out for this event, and guess (maybe?) it was worth the walk from my house and a wait of about an hour. The day was extremely pleasant, about 23 degrees up here, with few clouds and a gentle breeze, plus not too many people and I was able to stand in the shade of a lovely tree, and took lots of photos without concern! Heaps of police, emergency service people, volunteers for the Games etc…..almost as many as onlookers!…Just kidding, but it wasn’t crowded. The kids had a good time, and there’s lots of activities heading into the night. I don’t think I’ll bother with that though. Here’s some pics of the baton and it’s bearer…everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
At last we made the big move…to a beautiful mountain…one of our favourite places. Have 1/2 an acre of land, consequently lots of grass mowing! But I hope to fill a lot of the space with gardens. I think it will be an epic project; some years worth. The cooler climate makes it suitable to grow some trees like magnolias and rhododendrons, even maybe a japanese maple and weeping cherry, as well as many smaller shrubs and bulbs. It’s kind of a blank canvas really. I took a few pics yesterday (after the wet weather cleared up) so you can enjoy them. Things seem to grow very quickly on the volcanic red soil, especially after rain.
I’ve also worked on a couple more paintings which I’ll show you soon…so keep an eye out for those!
So…a new lifestyle, and hopefully a change for the better.
I have lots of ideas and inspiration after a walk in nature. Here’s some pics I took while walking on Mt Tamborine, just an hours drive from Brisbane. Much of the walks up there are in rainforest, but it often opens up into more open eucalypt country.
The mountain walks refresh the mind and offer new thoughts for my creative process, and photographing the surrounding landscape helps me remember the experience for future reference. Nature expands our creative horizons.