Well here we are in the year of the Global Pandemic of Covid 19 which followed devastating bush fires at the beginning of the year. I think many of us will be glad to say goodbye to 2020. I'm especially sparing a thought for those that have experienced tragedy in their lives this year.
I've been lucky to date and not experienced anything apart from the inconvenience of lock down and the fear of the unknown. Art wise, I found, rather than becoming creative, I withdrew from my art for a few weeks. But have since bounced back with ideas swimming around in my head for new work.
As soon as we were able, my husband and I went for a trip along the coastline to North Queensland as far as Cape Tribulation and then across through Georgetown and Croydon to Normanton and Karumba. Then south to Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Winton, Emerald and home to the Sunshine coast.
It was a wonderful 10 week journey of great bird watching and collecting thousands of photos of birds for my reference library, absorbing the spectacular colours of the landscapes of outback Queensland, wonderful interesting towns and lovely people.
The landscape colours of Australia vary so much. My interpretation of the colours of my journey were the blues and bright greens of the coast, the reds, purples and ochres of the outback, the bright yellow Mitchell grass plains and then the olives and greys on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range.
I'm hoping to transfer some of my experiences to new paintings in the near future.