In March 2016 my husband and I ventured out of Australia to another land. A virtual fairyland that was the South Island of New Zealand. It was the most beautiful place to be and for a landscape artist or photographer, absolute heaven. Birds were harder to spot but by the time we left I was feeling the influence of the patterns of nature. Things like the new fronds on the Silver Leaf Tree Fern, the West Coast with it's pebbled beaches and patterns of the ebb and flow of the tides in the sand. I sketched a few of my observations in my visual diary.
This grass is nothing but a weed in my garden but I couldn't help admiring it's beauty as it glistened in the early morning sun.
I was very lucky this month to travel out to Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef. It is such a magnificient place with the island covered in Pisonia trees and White capped Noddies nesting everywhere.
Then snorkelling in the beautiful clear turquoise water of the reef with it's myriad of fish, sharks, turtles and many other less visible but important little creatures. There was so much to see my mind went into overload after being in the water for an hour or so but the feeling and love for the Reef will stay with me forever.
I can feel a reef painting coming on but in the meantime did a quick little sketch.
My inspiration for this painting began in the Northern Territory when I saw and photographed a Sea Eagle eating his catch beside a river.
When back in Queensland I once again saw one of these beautiful large birds on the beach at Teewah and then I just had to paint it's image.
They are amazing birds to watch as they snatch a fish out of the water with their huge talons,