Just as Pete and Cynthia were getting their boat ready for a day of fishing and red clawing at Wuruma Dam boat ramp a pelican came by looking for food.
I awoke to morning dew on my tent and as I stepped outside under foot and between my toes I could feel the wetness. Mist was floating past my face and being caught in spiderwebs, backlit by golden light of the rising sun.
In September 2020 I visited the Cairns Aquarium so I could photograph some of the larger and more dangerous marine life with getting wet.
I was staying at Mission Beach in tropical north Queensland and I was told about a day trip to Dunk Island, so armed with $40 I boarded the ferry and left the mainland behind me.
I started painting some burnt bark as a back drop but it went horribly wrong and the black paint mixed with a little white gave it a sheen. The more I started to work this painting the worse it got, even adding colour didn’t save it.
A few months ago I photographed this kingfisher at Mon Repos beach Queensland, in the afternoon setting sun. Since I was in an open area it was a little more difficult to photograph this shy bird and I mush have walked a few kms.
It’s also a good time to put away my washing, people are curious as they seeing you painting and its not a good look if they almost get hit in the face with your drying underwear. It sends the unprofessional vibe but its also funny has hell.
While camping at Wuruma Dam I noticed a few abandoned car wrecks in one of the paddocks. Apparently this car was owned by two brothers that help build the dam wall and maintain the landscaping in the area.
This was first painting in the series and this is the red claw they caught. As you can see once we washed it in a bucket of water his colours were so vivid in the sunlight. Red claw is a fresh water Yabbie and a pest to the area.
Back in January I went for a walk on Mon Repos Beach 5mins from my mums bed and breakfast. Mon Repos is famous for turtle laying, where people come from all over the world to watch this night time activity.
Unfortunately my real exhibition at Gatakers Artspace was cancelled due to Covid19, so I have created a short video so you can now view my artworks virtually from the comfort of your own home.
The weather was very windy which made painting outdoors quite difficult and people loved to stop by and have a chat, which I really enjoyed.
Painting out doors has its advantages and disadvantages but what I found was people loved to stop by and see what I was doing.
Well these three finches were certainly spread over Australia and photographed over a span of 4years of traveling and camping holidays.
I’m loving the thin brush with the really long bristles for painting long smooth strokes found in grass and twigs.
The red backed wren was photographed at Australia Zoo last year when I was walking around Bindi Island.
The koalas fur starts off like a squirrel and seem to change further down the body and almost become more like the wool of a sheep.
Watching the bushfire concert and deciding to paint a burnt tree stump gave me the idea to name this painting the Bushfire Galah.
This beautiful specimen of a bird was perched on the branch looking rather fluffy having just had a bath in the nearby creek.
The Pademelons face started looking like a fox, I was about ready to give up