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Well this is a different kind of a story as I’ve broken my own rules about only using my own photographs. I saw a sea urchin in seaweed on a friends instagram account (Charlottegannet).

I was staying at Mission Beach in tropical north Queensland and I was told about a day trip to Dunk Island, so armed with $40 I boarded the ferry and left the mainland behind me.

While visiting Mary Kathleen last year I came across a free camp that has been the best in Australia so far on my travels.

Well this little frog was found by accident while gardening a Chevallan Archery Park where I was house sitting for the past month.

I started painting some burnt bark as a back drop but it went horribly wrong and the black paint mixed with a little white gave it a sheen. The more I started to work this painting the worse it got, even adding colour didn’t save it.

Australia Zoo Markets were 3.5hrs drive from home and as we got closer to the zoo it was apparent that the 0% chance of rain may not happen. The clouds stared to build and its was getting darker the closer we got to the zoo, then it started to rain half an hour from the zoo.

I’ve spent most of the day framing postcards and wrapping everything in bubblewrap for the markets tomorrow. I can’t believe what I have created in the past two weeks, once you see it all spread out on the table.

A few months ago I photographed this kingfisher at Mon Repos beach Queensland, in the afternoon setting sun. Since I was in an open area it was a little more difficult to photograph this shy bird and I mush have walked a few kms.

It’s also a good time to put away my washing, people are curious as they seeing you painting and its not a good look if they almost get hit in the face with your drying underwear. It sends the unprofessional vibe but its also funny has hell.

While camping at Wuruma Dam I noticed a few abandoned car wrecks in one of the paddocks. Apparently this car was owned by two brothers that help build the dam wall and maintain the landscaping in the area.

After I finished Audrey the chicken portrait, one of my sisters friends asked me if I could paint her dog Minnie. I after we agreed on a photo that would look good we just needed a better angle of the body and another shot of her favourite hair bow.

I will highlight the Australia Zoo Market collection in this blog as they will be available on 1st August 2020 at the Australia Zoo carpark, along with my postcards.

This was first painting in the series and this is the red claw they caught. As you can see once we washed it in a bucket of water his colours were so vivid in the sunlight. Red claw is a fresh water Yabbie and a pest to the area.

Back in January I went for a walk on Mon Repos Beach 5mins from my mums bed and breakfast. Mon Repos is famous for turtle laying, where people come from all over the world to watch this night time activity.

To be honest this painting scared me a little. I’d been putting off painting anything with scale as I thought I wasn’t good enough yet but my cousin gave me the push I needed.

Unfortunately my real exhibition at Gatakers Artspace was cancelled due to Covid19, so I have created a short video so you can now view my artworks virtually from the comfort of your own home.

This was one of the best family holidays I’ve had, we also got plenty of walking in as it’s a 10km hike around the base of Uluru.

I just love the trees in this area, I must have taken 100’s of photos from different angle of various contorted trees, all expressing themselves with dramatic poses.

I was visiting a friend in the blue mountains because I had skills she needed, I was helping erect a fence for the chickens.

The weather was very windy which made painting outdoors quite difficult and people loved to stop by and have a chat, which I really enjoyed.