I've just added a new painting to my gallery on this website. It is the last painting I completed prior to my leaving South Australia to live in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory). Entitled "Afternoon Shade", it is a landscape featuring some cattle resting in the shade by a desert billabong, probably in the Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola or perhaps the areas out from Alice Springs. It was inspired by a photograph amongst a pile of photos I happened to find lying around in the art workshops. They had been brought in by someone and left there for artists to look at and use and unfortunately the exact location was not written on the back of it. So much of central Australia looks like this painting and it reminded of many of the areas I have visited over the years, especially when looking for gems and minerals in northern South Australia. It is very hot in the afternoon and most animals, native or livestock, tend to seek shade from the burning heat. There are often small rock pools with permanent water throughout the ranges in the mid north, which are frequented by a variety of birds and animals. In my painting I confess that I have used a bit of poetic licence and made the water blue - in reality it is usually either brown or green with algae. Anyway, I've added it to my gallery page on this website and if anyone would like to purchase it, they can do so from my Artfire site.
I have been in Canberra now since 12thApril and am gradually settling in. Canberra is certainly a very beautiful city and I am sure once I feel less like an alien I will grow to love it. At present, I just keep getting lost all the time and have not yet had time to hunt up any art groups or even unpack my art stuff. I confess to being a little worried about -10 degrees in winter - sounds awfully cold to me and maybe for the first time in my life I might get to see snow. Anyway, cheers for now.
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