EXHIBITION OF ARBORETUM PAINTINGS
AT THE CALYX - ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY
MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY - SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022
OPEN DAILY 10 am to 4 pm FREE ENTRY
EASY ENTRY AT THE MORSHEAD FOUNTAIN GATE
COR MACQUARIE AND BENT STREETS
I painted ‘en plein air’ the scenery of the Pearl Beach Arboretum, I pulled my trolley with my easel and canvas until I came across a subject that appealed to me the most - strong trees, white, red, brown or green, it was the colour and shape that attracted me, and then I judged what else was nearby that could create an interesting painting, the small shrubs, or the fallen palm leaves that litter the arboretum floor and turns it pink. I painted the ponds when they were full of water and the beautiful reflections of palms and trees. I painted the echidna, the swamp wallaby, the kookaburras and the cockatoos and goannas. The arboretum is naturally messy with branches and leaves and palm fronds wherever they fall. That is the difference between an arboretum and a botanic garden. It is wild, totally natural, apart from small paths that give us access to enjoy this pleasure place.
I am also exhibiting some of my Encaustic paintings, which are made of beeswax, damar resin and oil colour and using a blowtorch instead of a brush, so creating works with textured, unexpected delights. As I could not fit all these paintings into the Calyx, they are available from my home gallery in Pearl Beach.
OIL $1900120h x 120w.