This time I was tour guide to my parents trying to show them a collection of waterfalls just after the rains. I try and take them on different hikes each time we head to the mountains.
Abigail asked if I had any paintings of a platypus, “unfortunately I didn’t but I’m planing to do one at some stage after my exhibition.” Later that night this changed and a platypus painting was born and here’s the story.
I think I was photographing the insects for a good half hour two days in a row, and managed not to get stung, however the next day I was pruning a Boganville and got attacked twice by the wasps. Let me tell you some wordy dirts definitely came out of my mouth that day.
The source photo of this little leaf goes back even further to 2013 when I was training my mum in the Blue Mountains.
RAAF Kowguran was the main explosive store on the Brisbane Line, Holding at times 2500 tons of bombs and ammunitions and to keep people at bay is a 16 strand barbed wire fence.
Possum Park has five train carriages set aside for accommodation, and back in November 2020 I stayed in one for a month as an exchange for one of my original artworks framed.
One of the largest attractions at Possum Park is the restored TAA Vickers Viscount Plane VH-TVL, its Davids 11yr old project and future overnight accommodation for 2ppl.
A few months ago I was walking just past the 2.5km sign and came across a lace monitor sunning itself on the road. I walked up to it slowly and was able to get a few photos before it run off.
Bunker No 1 is the first in my Possum Park collection and can be seen if you do the 3.4km bunker walk while staying at Possum Park. Julie the owner was feeling down one day, and as she was putting things into storage she noticed a message chalked onto the wall. “I love you sweetheart” and she began to smile.
As the water receded it created some marvellous tree root patterns in the sand that could be totally transformed by the very next wave that washed over them. Waves are marvellous to watch and the constant changing patterns they make in the sand is mesmerising.
I was so excited when I came across a loan tree that I had to stop and photograph it, unfortunately I didn’t see the kangaroo trying to lay in the partial shade of this dead tree. When I closed my car door to keep the cool air inside it must have slammed and startled the roo as it took off.
I was staying at Lightning Ridge in 40deg heat and decided to take a day trip in my air-condition car to see a few of the outback pubs, since visited the other attractions like galleries, opal mines and gift shops.
Something else that happed by accident as I was creating lines and folds in the tree bark, a word appeared. mom with a little u under the o so you also have mum and a little love heart next to it.
This was another rescue frog, as they’re not supposed to be in the rooms so I relocated it outside my cottage. Most nights I can hear frogs and I’ve found their hiding spot during the day between the bricks.
It was just on sunset in late November and I could see a storm brewing in the south, the sky was getting darker and more menacing.
I managed to photograph another double barred finch while house sitting at a friends house in Eidsvold. It jumped up, pulled down the grass seeds so it could have a feed, very informative to watch.
Since the bottle brush had almost stopped flowering it didn’t have many insects on it. The other tree was in full flower and had 5 types of bees and a few wasps, so I combined the two photos to create this painting.
It was rather exciting as I hadn’t seen this type of frog before, even though its a rather common one in Queensland.
Australian magpies are a beautiful, intelligent birds and very fun to watch, but they get a bad reputation around nesting time. This one was photographed at the back of the BBQ area at Possum Park and had no interest in me in the slightest.
Since Julie loves this cactus I thought it would make a nice birthday present for her in a few weeks time. I decided to combine two photos, one of it flowering and the other fruiting, as I couldn’t decide which would make a better to paint.