Bunker 19 Possum Park

The Story Behind the Painting

I have been staying on and off at Possum Park just outside of Miles, Queensland since Christmas 2020 and now have become the resident artist here.

Bunker 19 is a converted ammunition bunker that is now an underground living experience, thats fully furnished complete with air-conditioning, power and hot water. This was looking exceptionally nice as the Bougainvillea was in full flower and the entrance is well maintained.

My Painting Process

After the pencil outline I created a nice light blue wash for the sky followed by grey for dirt around the bunker.

Following this I added different strengths of black silhouettes for the trees and then the bunker retaining walls.


Next I painted the doors and entrance to the bunker making sure I had number 19 visible.

Painting the fly screen and lattice work wasn’t too difficult but I had more trouble creating the vertical drapes keeping an even space only mm apart.

I had lots of fun painting all the rocks around the garden and the variety of plants, I only wish I’d painted this twice the size.

I think there is about 6 other bunkers to paint so expect a few more in the future.

Naples yellow wash seems to be a favourite colour for painting the dirt around the park, followed by flicking my stippling brush to create stones.


Now time to add lots of little dabs of paint to simulate tree leaves, lighter in the background and darker towards the front.

More plants were added in the garden and the palm tree which also cast a shadow on the ground. It’s all about the details so I added the hosepipe and tap.


Now time to add a little colour with the pink bougainvillea and a few more rocks around the garden.

Next I added some fine details like the quad bike, tyre tracks that John and Mick create while doing maintenance around the park.


Finished artwork framed up in an old style looking frame.


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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