Flora and landscapes

This watercolour piece was on an A4 size watercolour sheet. It was inspired by a flower I took a photo of in Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France. I visited the garden as part of my travels in France in 2016. It was a very inspirational garden and can quite easily imagine spending many days, weeks, months, and possibly years painting flowers, scenes, trees, and bushes in that garden.

This is one of my favourites to date of the flowers I photographed in Monet's Giverny garden that I painted using watercolours. I lost count of how many layers of yellow, orange, reds, etc I did to achieve the brilliant colours and slight shadows in the petals on this flower. I've even recreated this in coloured pencil because I love the colours and the flower's position.

This is a piece done in watercolour pencils. I had purchased the Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils and wanted to experiment with them to see what they could do. This piece was created from a reference photograph of a sunset near Central Queensland's Mount Baga, formerly known as Mount Jim Crow. On A4 sized watercolour paper.

This piece is a scene from Lammermoor beach on the Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland. It was drawn freehand (not traced or using grid method) and completed in Prismacolour coloured pencils. I had only just purchased the Prismacolour pencils and wanted to see how they held up. The paper is Bristol pad, A4 size.

Gracemere threatened by bushfire

This is an acrylic on canvas piece (about the size of a television) from photographs I took of the sunset a few days prior to Gracemere being evacuated due to a fast-moving large, out-of-control bushfire. About 9,000 people lived in the satellite suburb at the time of the fire in November 2018. Despite previously having lived in bushfire-prone parts of Australia, this was the first time I was evacuated and it was a heart-pumping experience at the time. I don't think I slept much that night due to my anxiety levels being high. And it was this image more than the rush of packing up my dog and important belongings in my car that afternoon, that will remain with me and remind me of this life event.

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