I borrowed a design from Scotland and have used it in some of my still life paintings. It conveys, happiness, homeliness, celebration and joy. We could all do with more of that!
On coming to Queensland my imagination was fired by my first visits to the rainforest and I painted many scenes with imaginary rainforest pools.
Blue and white ceramics have been popular in many countries over hundreds of years and they make great subject matter for still life painting.
The Rose Apple tree grows in the warmer parts of Australia and produces beautiful flowers and fruit – great as a still life painting subject.
The tropical climate of Queensland lends itself to outdoor living. Entertaining in the pergola as shown in the attached paintings is a large part of Queensland life.
I started seriously painting still life after the gift of an old Chinese ginger jar. The marks the potter made long ago contrast with the brief life of the flowers in a still life painting.
Fishing at dawn on Fraser Island is an exciting Queensland experience, albeit also a wet and a freezing one.
Sunlight streams into this veranda past the lush foliage outside. The table is set for afternoon tea.
The wide, sunny, Queensland veranda is one of the treasures of living in this state. The sunny verandas make a perfect with our warm winters. A cane chair, a cushion and a book complete the scene!
A series of photographs reveal the stages of a nasturtium painting on its journey to completion.