Problems in art

I know how I want something to look but I don’t know to execute it. Last October in our long drive from Brisbane to Canberra as we got closer to Yass we passed through the beautiful, fertile farmland. For the very first time there were lots of canola crops, they were magnificent, the strong colours of yellow and green. It was breathtaking in its beauty. I want to capture the scene in a painting. I have tried numerous  times to capture it but have not been successful. Any ideas?

i though that maybe like Jenie Fawckner, whose work I adore, I could do the canola in shapes of colour. Check out her instagram account, her work is breathtaking wonderful.

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Canola field.



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Finding art again

Art has always been part of my life, as a child and teenager I spend many hours drawing. My drawings when I reflect back on it was of the things that I knew, reflections of my life and they were always colourful and bright.

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Interesting topic ‘Twisted’, I was thinking a large old tree with twisted roots. Living in a hot climate there are lots of examples of beautiful trees around our city. Just as I was starting to draw, my grand daughter came into the room to see what I was doing and she suggested the game ‘Twister’ and was happy to pose for the picture, so the topic was decided.

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Australia Day

Happy Australia Day! The face of Australia is changing and it is wonderful.When I grew up the majority of children in my school were of Irish and English heritage, there were a few of European decent, but they were small in number, as the majority of the migrants stayed in the city. I grew up in a middle size country town. All of my children have chosen partners from different countries. My grandchildren are the first-generation of what I feel will be the new Australia, a true blending of different cultures.

riya4Two of my beautiful grandchildren

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Bradshaw Paintings

abo1Another night in the National Park, leaving early the next morning  and although the road was in the process of being graded, it still had some rocky parts and was a very bumpy ride.We stop at an aboriginal rock painting area just before we got to the main road. The paintings date back 60,000 years which is at least five times older than the Egyptian pyramids. According to Indigenous legend, the paintings – discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891 – were created by birds using their tail feathers.  The place itself had a very peaceful and serene feeling, it would have been great to spend a lot more time there.

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