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.
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 was playing around with numbers the other day and discovered that this painting was going to be my 200th painting since I started painting again back in September 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.