Papaw trees grow near a shed


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.

Long tendrils of flowers curl out of a pottery jug.


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.

Enamelware on a table


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.