Last painting for 2017

Finished this painting just before New Years Eve last week….“Sunrise: mountain” is a collection of ideas/inspirations from nearly mornings on the mountain. Colours can be brilliant, with trees aglow; there is a lovely quality of light. A diversity of painting techniques were employed here: spray paint, dribbles, textured painterly sections. I’ve heightened the hues vibrancy to increase the impact of the work…it’s about memories, what I’ve seen and experienced.

Sunrise- mountain

“Sunrise:mountain”  62x62cm  $795

 

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!

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.

New residence!

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.

Sherwood Aboretum

I haven’t walked through this park, the Sherwood Aboretum, since my childhood, and found it pleasantly surprising. There’s some quite old trees, but also some recent plantings, and a boardwalk down to the river which offers beautiful views across and down Brisbane River. Large picnic areas and facilities are well used…I visited on a Sunday afternoon…and dogs were being walked. Altogether a fine atmosphere was created. There’s also some commemorative plaques recognising the Stolen Generation, amongst the trees. And I photographed the 1974 flood height…the whole area went under….I remember. When I was young we called the place “Sherwood Forest park”, but it has nothing to do with England! The photos I took, I’m showing you here; at least a selection.

Jacaranda season

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. The jacaranda 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.

Stunning Golden Trumpet tree

Took a few pics of this gorgeous tabebuia tree, sometimes called the Golden Trumpet tree. It’s growing on a local footpath and is flowering beautifully…one of my fave local trees. The species originates from South America. Locally we also see the Tabebuia Rosa, flowering in autumn, here in Australia.

Pics from a day out

Walking up on the mountain, a fave thing to do, we discovered some new stuff. The best is the giant pill bug, related to millipedes. It was about 5 centimetres long!….and moving slowly on many legs. The huge fallen rainforest tree, covered in moss, created a long cave, and probably a good home for many creatures. Other mossy rocks and a fallen orange flower also made interesting images….so here they are.

Urban colours

This time of year is amazing here…trees flowering for months, right into summer…the pics don’t do it justice. Fantastic colours and very inspiring for photos and artwork ideas…and just great to look at.