As a lone kayaker slices through the mirror surface of Dunns Swam they destroy the perfect reflection of the surrounding sandstone cliffs. The kayakers disturbance of the water slowly flattens and the picture perfect reflection is soon rebuilt. Then wind fractures the reflection and the cycle of destruction and recreation is played out once more.
The trouble with painting on black paper is once you add a background it’s hard to tell if the image is a day or night time scene.
It is such a good feeling to know that my artwork will be hanging in peoples homes in the local community of Miles.
The good side to the bad weather was, we had some amazing sunsets and the dams were showing some fantastic reflections. The rainbow reflection was just incredible and I have never seen something that looked like it was a huge planet in the sky before.
I met some amazing people along the way and we shared some incredible stories, while walking through some stunning scenery.
About a month ago I was photographing birds in the backyard with my 600mm lens and I spotted a grey butcherbird, which seemed to find a bit of peanut butter that I wiped off my fingers while emptying the mouse traps.
I always get excited when new prints arrive in the post and I must say that Springwood Printing did a fabulous job on these latest artworks.
This wave of fog got caught in the thousands of spiderwebs in a range of sizes that were hanging off dead grass and shrubs.
One of my favourite animals at the zoo, and most difficult to photograph it seems is the emu. They are always on the move and never seem to be looking at you, and one of the biggest problems is all the trees in their enclosure.
Wuruma dam was a great place to relax and do a spot of photograph, rich in birdlife and a few mobs of kangaroos and pretty faced wallabies.
This is the second platypus I have painted in the last few month, the last painting I gave away as a gift to Abigail and her bf a nice young couple that were on a holiday from Brisbane.
I have painted a few landscapes from the camino and this time I wanted to paint a iconic part of it. The camino marker, something you’re always on the look out for and so happy when you find one
So I was down by the dam looking for some waterbirds to photograph and found a family of magpies and a rather amusing juvenile sitting on a wooden seat, so here is the story.
Brian took one look at my painting and said all he can see is Pennywise the clown from a Stephen King Novel, IT. The white parts are the face and all the purple is its fluffy top and the stalk is the clowns spine. Hence the title “Bee Aware of Pennywise”.
I decided on a pose where the swan definitely thought I was up to something and had some trust issues. I guess it was just protecting its child from paparazzi with the noisy clicking camera.
The adult black swan was seen gliding around the surface using its long neck to reach down and filter through the weeds growing on the bottom of the pond.
This wonderful cygnet was photographed at Lake Alford Park next to the Gympie gold mine and historical museum. The cygnet was swimming around submerging it head under water and coming up with a bill full of weeds and pecking at anything floating on the water.
I really enjoyed walking in the fantastic warm, sunny weather. Out of the whole 36 days I only had three small showers and one downpour happed while I was having lunch, so I just sat back and watched it happen. Let me show you some of what I experienced along the way.
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.