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Feather & Lawry Design Gallery, Toowoomba, November 2008

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now held in private collections



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Caiwarro - sunlit tree




I noticed the western sun light up a small tree opposite our Caiwarro camp. The overhanging limbs, their reflections and the framing trunks beside me created a mandala-like effect.




Cameron's Corner windmill




This fallen windmill is a poignant reminder of hard times on the land. The symbols along the lower edge of the canvas were borrowed from a series of paintings I produced during the 1993 drought. When I named the exhibition I remembered that when she was tiny my daughter’s name for a windmill was “round’n’round’n”.



Clifton Harvest


I travelled across the Darling Downs in early autumn 2008. This is rich land, and after a good summer the crops of sorghum and sunflower were terrific, bursting with energy and ready to harvest.

Coongie - full moon 1



We spent a night very close to where Burke & Wills camped on Cooper’s Creek where it enters Coongie Lakes north of Innamincka.  Sarah Murgatroyd wrote in her book The Dig Tree “a remote area…but anyone persistent enough to come here is rewarded with the sense of entering into an enchanted kingdom…”  We were lucky to be there on the night of the full moon.    s gbe, rising fast and casting a stream of light over the lake. 



Coongie - full moon 2




At Coongie, “magical lagoons lie nestled amongst brick-red sand dunes…” (Sarah Murgatroyd - The Dig Tree). We were lucky to be there on the night of the full moon, first an enormous globe, rising fast and casting a stream of light over the lake. 





Coongie - road in




The road to Coongie is one of the worst in the west and prunes away all but the most persistent travellers.  I wondered at times whether we would shake to pieces before we got there.


Cullyamurra pelicans




The pelicans were never still. Now far, now near, now off to fish elsewhere.  These three small images took shape in my head while camped at Cullyamurra in 2007.



Cullyamurra - Corella's eye view




Sunset at Cullyamurra Waterhole, and the corellas come home to roost. Young birds spend most of the day around their nests in tree hollows watching the pelicans patrol the creek from daylight to dusk as they have for centuries.

At Cooper's Creek



The central panel for this painting was created on location when we camped at Cullyamurra Waterhole on Cooper’s Creek in 2007. Sand, gel and paint were manipulated into an impression of the dry, almost colourless landscape behind the creek.


Currawinya - morse code birds



The lakes at Currawinya were brimming full, as were the claypans, simply bare depressions in a dry time. At Lake Numalla, the air was full of bird calls in a morse-code pattern strange to me. I’d never seen a Pied Honeyeater, and here were hundreds –sure enough my bird book likens their calls to morse code signals.


Patterns - gecko and finches



I like to play with Nature’s colours and patterns – they are more beautiful than anything we can invent.


Kimberley Spinifex Pigeons



On my first trip to the Kimberley in 1986 I saw the Spinifex Pigeon while painting at the Bungle Bungles and knew one day the experience would come out in paint.


Lake Houdraman - cold day




At Houdraman, red sandhills run down to a wide stretch of water where waterlilies bloom even in the middle of winter, one of those places that must have been on the popular destinations list for centuries. The previous day was calm and the reflections were mirror-perfect. This day the water was ruffled by a chill wind, the sky was cloudy and even the birds seemed to feel the cold.



Maranoa River Bank




On the bank behind our camp, an arrangement of trunks demanded to be translated into paint. In late afternoon, copper and orange tones intensify.





Maranoa River Reflections



On a still evening, look up river. The reflections are superb.

A reflection on the word “reflection”:

1. a mirror image
2. a calm, lengthy, intent consideration








A good season provides ripe pickings for seed eating birds. Galahs against a background of grass paddocks and dark trees inspired this painting.


Diamantina billabong



How many tenants to a tree? This was obviously prime

real estate for the Yellow-billed Spoonbill family.


Currawinya - road to the lakes


Recent rain had created puddleholes or mini lakes along some of the tracks and I found the shapes and colours fascinating.




Spoonbill - cold morning at Ward River




Catching breakfast is hard work in sub-zero temperatures – best to find a few rays of sun and warm up a little first. This is a "morning shadow” painting using cool colours.



Driving Big Red




As good tourists we drove up Big Red west of Birdsville,

Australia’s highest sandhill. From the east the climb is not

so steep so we took the return journey a little too lightly.

This was the view as we reversed downhill to try again!


Blue bonnets



A bird image from my memory bank – driving eastwards from home, I caught sight of a pair of  Blue-bonnets along a fence-line in brigalow country – no time to stop, so the image had to be stored.  


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