While visiting Mary Kathleen last year I came across a free camp that has been the best in Australia so far on my travels.
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.
Australia Zoo Markets were 3.5hrs drive from home and as we got closer to the zoo it was apparent that the 0% chance of rain may not happen. The clouds stared to build and its was getting darker the closer we got to the zoo, then it started to rain half an hour from the zoo.
I’ve spent most of the day framing postcards and wrapping everything in bubblewrap for the markets tomorrow. I can’t believe what I have created in the past two weeks, once you see it all spread out on the table.
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.
After I finished Audrey the chicken portrait, one of my sisters friends asked me if I could paint her dog Minnie. I after we agreed on a photo that would look good we just needed a better angle of the body and another shot of her favourite hair bow.
I will highlight the Australia Zoo Market collection in this blog as they will be available on 1st August 2020 at the Australia Zoo carpark, along with my postcards.
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.
This little bird I found flying around my campsite and hopping from post to post catching little bugs. I’ve now painted a Red Robin from the UK and this time on the other side of the world the Australian Yellow Robin.
August 2019 I went to Australia Zoo for my birthday and little did I know at the time that this become a source for my first few paintings.