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"After the Floods: Puffball Mushroom'

Oil on Arches Paper
58cm x 76cm
Original sold at auction at
Ingleside State School Fair in December to raise funds for the school


The group of four are major gallery paintings, for purchase framed under glass or perspex

'Where the Glowworms Live'
Blackline and Watercolour on Arches Paper

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'Where the Fireflies Dance'
Oil on Canvas
91cm x 122cm
Original painting,   $2,000
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Oil on Canvas
91cm x 122cm
Original painting,   SOLD
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'After the Bushfire in the Banksias'
Charcoal and Prismacolour pencil
on art paper
81cm x 94cm
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'The Birthday Party'
Watercolour and gouache
on Graphix card.
68cm x 87cm
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There is a variety of small scale ink and watercolour images to choose from here.
They all have a white border like this one (or will be sold with a border).

Rainforest small C

ink and watercolour
on Arches paper
21cm x 30cm

unframed $150

After the Bushfire Small

Rainforest small A

Rainforest small B

Macadamia flowers

These ink and watercolour rainforest drawings have been inspired by something I have seen on my bushwalks or something that neighbours have mentioned and that I have researched. The shapes and textures are really quite spectacular and the complex layers of bark, ferns and epiphytes are quite difficult to render with the blackline. Larger paintings such as 'Where the Glowworms Live' are very complex and my training in Celtic knotwork has certainly come in handy.

Rainforest A and Rainforest C are of the same tree but I experimented with negative space to challenge my obsession with detail. I think both are successful in their own way.

I like the dash of colour on 'After the Bushfire' small. The spring green is beautiful, so full of hope and after devastation. This small drawing inspired the major work 'After The Bushfire in the Banksias'. With blackline work it is difficult to render whites and you really have to think about edges. The Macadamia flowers are actually white and here rendered in green.

To get that white I would have to give the whole thing a dark background so there's a balance that needs to be struck. The technique may not work in other places - that's the fun of problem solving in art. Your critical mind is always involved and it is good practice for the other work in life that requires critical thinking like which bill to pay first, what to build your house in? brick or timber and even how to make solar panels or space stations. 
Critical thinking makes us human.



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