My most recently finished painting was dreamed up while on holiday last Christmas. We were at the fabulous Woodford Folk Festival, a truly wonderful place for the whole family. I love how being immersed in a culturally rich environment gets the creative juices flowing!
Taking a break from painting Dragonflies, I am heading in the direction of some of my favourite things. This painting had been brewing in my mind's eye for awhile until I thought I'd better just go for it. Of course my paintings generally have a bit of their own Free Will and evolve to something a bit different to what I had imagined. But that is the joy of art, painting and creating.
I have long held a love and fascination for our rainforest giants....the Strangler Figs and wanted one to be a main subject in this painting.
With all the rain we are currently getting here in Queensland, I am noticing alot of wee fairy seats.....Mushrooms......popping out of the ground. I just love these delicate little plants and also wanted them to be another focal point.
Of course the Moon is another favourite of mine and this Blood Moon calls on a memory I have from a camping trip to Coochie Mudlo Island (over 20 years ago) where I saw a giant red moon-rise which looked so much like a sunrise.....totally awesome!
Another tribute to the Moon........oh how I love her. I can just stand there absorbing her light and smiling at how beautiful she is at every stage of her cycle, but especially when she's full. It's amazing how much is affected by the power of the moon and the subtle changes in behaviour I see in some people (although if you ask a scientist, they'll probably laugh).
About a year or so ago I came across a lady who lives up the Northside of Brisbane. She had recently bought a business that grows plants to attract Butterflies. I went up for a visit and purchased the plant in this painting as well as a couple of others. This meeting then prompted me to start a series of paintings on the Butterflies of Brisbane and their Host Plants.
I have read that the Laced Fritillary is extremely rare with it's status being Critically Endangered.
Whilst up at the Woodford Folk Festival this Christmas I attended a workshop led by an intriguing lady called Helen Schwenke. Helen co-authored a book called "Create More Butterflies" which gives information on Butterflies and their Host Plants for the Greater Brisbane Region.......I love this book! I asked Helen if over the many years that she has been involved with butterflies if she has ever seen one of these butterflies. Unfortunately her answer was no.........sad indeed :o(
So hopefully my art will help bring this to the attention of more people and they may help to bring back some habitat for this beauiful flying flower. It would be very sad indeed to lose another lovely wee creature forever!
8" x 10"
200mm x 250mm
Watercolour on Paper
"LACED FRITILLARY and ARROWHEAD VIOLET"
8" x 10"
200mm x 250mm
Watercolour on Paper
If you are interested in buying some butterfly Host Plants or buying the awesome book
"Create More Butterflies" by Helen Schwenke & Frank Jordan, you can contact
My omnipresent fascination with the Moon comes out again in this work, alongside my love of all things that Mother Nature has given us. To me there seems to be a Wisdom and Strength in Trees, I am always on the lookout for awesome specimens that I can share through my art.
I have always believed in fairies and beings from the other realm........after all, there are too many stories about them for them not to be real...........right?!
I have also had the great fortune of discovering some amazing works of art in the form of Doors whilst on my travels. The Fairy Door in this painting was inspired by a photo I took recently while in Krakow, Poland
This painting started out just as a moonlit sunset with a tree and evolved into a whimsical fairy tree with curly branches and a fairy door, then the fairy made an appearance. Up until now I have never really tried to draw people or people-like creatures, but that is slowly changing and practice will make perfect. They say that drawing the human form is one of the hardest things to master.........I'll get there.
I used retarder medium experimentally to produce the cloud-like formations and I'm pleased with the effect it created. I love the colour combination chosen for the background, I think it works nicely.