I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, the Adnyamathanha people whose rich connection to country dates back many thousands of years and continues to this day.
School holidays, October 2016, we embarked on a family camping trip to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. In addition to towing a 4WD camping trailer, we were also towing along two fairly reluctant teenagers. Ho hum.
I purposefully packed art supplies and made sure our camera had a cleaned memory stick in anticipation of the many sketches and watercolours I would make and numerous photos I was sure to take. And wow, what an amazing place I was constantly reminded this ancient mountain range is. So glad I took my sketchpad and camera.
It is now February 2017, and sufficient time has passed for me to have processed the visual experiences (without my memory getting too blurry) that I have embarked on a new significant body of work, The Ikara-Flinders Ranges landscape series.
Over the last five or six weeks I’ve made numerous watercolour studies exploring the colours and forms to be found in this special place. I’ve also started two larger oil paintings which I am confident is only just the beginning of many.
Oil paintings are below. I felt very confident returning to these luscious paints yet again, and understood how I can get the most out of them, particularly with my penchant for glazing. These works are not yet finished, but I’m loving the forms that are starting to develop.
So excited about this series, I can’t wait to get into the studio whenever it is possible to keep working. I’m also currently looking for exhibition opportunities both here in Adelaide, but also interstate, for this series later on in the year, as I look forward to showing them to the broader public.
So, despite the whinging teenagers, the riches of that 2016 camping trip are beginning to pay off!