The green and gold of the wattle is Australia’s national flower. The glorious blaze of the yellow wattle blooms are a great subject for still life painting.
In this Covid-infected time we have rediscovered what a backyard is for. We can reverse the effects of severe lockdown with a spot of reading by the fence.
Bright mandarins smoulder against a deep blue background. This deep tonal contrast is a feature often seen in my still life paintings.
Many old Queensland gardens grew sweet-tasting papaw. The best plants were nursed into extreme old age with much care and love because the sweet fruit they produced were worth the effort.
Nasturtiums are a joy to paint. Their happiness brightens up everyone’s mood. However the long, sinuous tendrils give an indication that there is a darker side to this innocent plant. These contradictions make for an interesting still life painting.
Colourful enamelware makes a great painting subject. First it has to be thoughtfully arranged and lit with a spotlight. Then comes the challenge of depicting the hard, bright, coloured surface of the metal.
More paintings from the Brisbane suburbs as they were decades ago. More overgrown gardens, stove recesses, gates and fences. Paintings from a time when Brisbane was just a big country town.
In earlier times Brisbane’s houses and backyards were an unique combination of timber stumps, window hoods, corrugated iron, rickety fences and overgrown gardens. It was a challenge to capture the charm of the old way of life in a painting.
Orange Trumpet vine flowers profusely in the heat of the Queensland summer. It clings tenaciously to the wooden fences in the older parts of Brisbane. The bright orange flowers make it a deight to paint.
Windows allow in the light, the breeze or just the view of the garden and thus are positive and life affirming. Paintings of windows channel all these positive vibes and are a source of great encouragement.