..... but this painting did! It went to live on a hillside in the south of Provence, in a stone cottage in an ancient olive orchard with an old friend Josee.
"Starlight on Water"
I wrote an allegorical story to accompany this painting when the ancient underground Yarragadee Aquifer was threatened to be redirected to the city to solve their ailing water shortage. My friends devoted years to successfully oppose this proposal.
Again our life-giving Yarragadee is threatened because unconventional gas exploration (related to fracking) has been recently given the go-ahead.
Oh, I'd like to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting!
And yes, there is a story related to our Aboriginal culture why it is called "Starlight on Water".
Can you tell I'm reminiscing?
"Location, Location, Location"
Mike arrived looking true to type in his battered 4WD, and bush-hat in Collie on a cold but sunny afternoon. I could listen to Mike for a week. His knowledge and love for nature is endless!! A walking encyclopedia, history, geography, geology, botany, fauna and avifauna. Makes me want to protect our wondrous natural world fiercely.
Mike explained why Australian plants and animals really are different. He spoke about understanding the origins of our wildlife, the biogeography of the south-west and why it is a biodiversity hotspot. It sounds a bit technical but Mike made it interesting!
Our landscape is outstandingly marvelous, breathtakingly precious and amazingly different and that's why it brings international scientists and enthusiasts here to experience it.
This took place amidst my exhibition "Gifts from the Bush & Beach". Grand to see several faces coming back for more and taking the opportunity to hear top-notch speakers, experts in their field give eye-opening presentations. At Collie Art Gallery until Sunday 9th September. See "2018 Exhibitions" page for details.
Rod Smith, BirdLife WA's education officer gave a bright, breezy presentation about the many species of little bush birds, the LBBS that intrigue bird lovers on a wander in the bush. Through my many nature conservancy projects
I meet people who are really active in the world of birds, and Rod is one such special treasure. His talk was of great benefit and value to Collie people blessed by the surrounding forests, and there were nods of knowing and recognition from the audience to the bird calls Rod played on his system.
Tomorrow's presentation with Dr Mike Bamford, zoologist and vice-chair of BirdLife WA will be sure to delight and surprise, and bring yet another depth of connection to our natural world, "Location, Location, Location - why our plants and animals really are different", about our famous biodiversity Hotspot. Collie Art Gallery. Free, 1.45 - 4 pm
It's been some time since I blogged.
I was tickled to receive an email in recent weeks, this one from a lady who lives in southern New South Wales She had found one of my paintings in the local Tip Shop. "My name is Isabelle", she emailed, "and I have just discovered your amazing artworks quite by accident. I came across Nature Finds 22 at my local Tip Shop. It had no glass and the painting fell out of the frame as soon as I got it home. I have been a collector of seed pods, feathers, dead insects and other bits and pieces for years and was immediately drawn to the cicada shells and gum-nuts in your painting." I remembered this and several other paintings had been purchased by Gypsy Point Hotel via Mallacoota, which has since been demolished and I wondered what might have become of those paintings from the early 1990s. Here's Nature Finds No. 22, with cicada nymph cases along a gum tree twig. What a wonderful reminder!
Here's a circle drawing from some time ago
"The Moment of Early Going - Curlew"
I love the act of circle drawings.
There's infinite satisfaction in being
contained within the circle.
Watercolour and ink pen combine
to give bright jewel colours that take
me away from the bush browns
and earth colours.
Another version of creativity for this artist
This morning am thrilled to bits to see this in "South of the River", Perth publication about my work.