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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Well this is one of my favourite birds purely because of there comical antics they get up to if they like you. Be warned however if they take a disliking to you they can be pure evil
Ravi is used to promote my art gallery at Possum Park and I’m quite fond of this little red panda guiding customer down towards the cottage.
Smaller paintings are much quicker to paint and excellent to experiment with, they are compact and therefore easy to travel with and I can often finish them in a single day.
Last year I walked around Bundaberg Botanical Gardens and photographed various birds, turtles and lizards, including the Great Egret that inspired this painting.
Whenever I visit my home town of Filey, North Yorkshire England I always like to walk along the cliff tops to Scarborough, this usually takes a few hours with spectacular views the whole way.
Bundaberg’s Alexandra Park Zoo has a small collection local animals and the best part is it’s free to wander around.