Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Vividness ...

by Simone McPherson

I have finally put the Flannelette sheets and the Doona on our bed.  The days have been slowly getting cooler and cooler.  Though we are very fortunate for the way that our house has been designed ..... 

 ........ facing North with big windows and the concrete floor - for the moment, tiles one day! – that captures the heat of the day - Solar Passive - it is so lovely and warm in the evenings, that we still have no outside heating that we have to rely on. 

We are so lucky here, for in this climate we still have blue endless skies that go on forever and sunshine which is a great ‘Plus’.   For one thing you don’t get the ‘Blues’ with all that vitamin D from the sun and I do believe that the colour Blue also has an effect on your psyche as well.


The wonderful rain that we had over summer ........

........has filled all the dams and it is at this time ....... 

........that water becomes critical as we do not get as much rain over our winter months here.  

And especially at the moment, as the rest of the Eastern seaboard of Australia and the Southern States are going through their worst Drought for many years and the loss of Stock is starting to take its toll on those people that are holding cattle and other stock on their properties.  Our thoughts are with these People and their families at this time, it's hard for producers when they depend on the weather for rain.

In between mustering this week, we managed to slip into Stanthorpe to see how the Camp draft Championships were going.  

They had more than 700 entries and all the riders – of all ages and backgrounds were having a wonderful time for what we could see. 

I don’t have much of an idea on the pros and cons of Camp drafting so El Ranchero was my interpreter ......

.....as the riders and their horses went through their paces.  We were only there for an hour or so ...... 

as we had to get back home to finish up on our own Stock work waiting for us ........


I also have been working on three paintings that I have entered in our local little art exhibition held by the Granite Belt Art Group.  I am not a member as such and have not entered an art exhibition for a number of years now.  The exhibition of Arts and Crafts is held every second year at the start of June at a local old Woolshed at a property called Bendee, which for us is only about half an hour’s drive north of where we are.  The theme this year is – to do an image reminiscent of the District – landscape, wool, sheep, cattle etc.  

 
SIR ARTHUR STREETON 1867 - 1943

I would love to paint – one day - the Australian landscape like one of Australia’s most famous landscape painters from the turn of the century, Sir Arthur Streeton – 1867-1943.  Sir Arthur Streeton was part of a group of Australian Impressionist artists that belonged to the ‘Heidelberg School’ in Victoria, Australia along with fellow contemporaries Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin.  

APPROACHING STORM by SIR ARTHUR STREETON - private collection
Sir Arthur Streeton was a wonderful painter, in my opinion ..

GOLDEN SUMMER - EAGLEMOUNT by SIR ARTHUR STREETON
....he really captured the vividness of the  beautiful Australian ‘Light’ and his pallet of colours are just magnificent, they are so true to the Australian landscape, the Australian Bush! I hope they bring you as much joy as they do for me ........