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.
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.
A few months ago I joined a Facebook group called Sketching – The Great Outdoors Adventure where adventurers submit photos of themselves in the great outdoors and then artists can choose to paint these photos.
I was walking around Australia Zoo when I spotted this white faced heron looking for some lunch among the water lilies. I managed to get a nice photograph of the heron but decided to use another photo of the lilies with more flowers.
when I started taking these photos I didn’t think that they would end up as one of my best paintings as I was more into making videos at the time.
This is another one from Australia Zoo, the place I go to photograph difficult to find or unusual animals. I didn’t realise that doves came in such bright colours and I would love to find one in the wild on day.
The blue faced honey eater is a wonderful bird that hangs around my cottage every day, all year round. I often see it taking a drink from my bird bath or searching around the bushes for berries.