I arrived in Australia when Victoria was in the middle of a seven year drought. Winters in Ballarat were short and dry, and coming from Scotland I thought they were pretty cushy. I chose to ignore dire warnings from long-term residents about how Ballarat winters were unbearable.
Well, the drought finally came to an end, and a whole new landscape opened up full of floods, overflowing dams, puddles and mud. Reflections and a rich new palette to explore.
So out I went with camera, sketchbook and iPad back and forth along the Goldfields Track. Here are some of the results.
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Winter Track sketch 0711
Winter Track sketch 0719
Winter Track II, 2016, acrylic on board, 19 x 29 cm, $350
Winter Track V, 2017, acrylic on board, 21 x 21 cm, $350
Winter Track VI, 2016, acrylic on board, 21 x 29 cm, $350
Winter Track VIII, 2017, oil on linen, 51 x 61 cm, $1650
Winter Track sketch 9920
Winter Track XIV (Fallen). 2017. Acrylic on board. 19 x 32 cm.
Winter Track 9 (ruts), 2017, oil on linen, 51 x 51cm.
4×4 (Landscape as amenities series: leisure), 2016, acrylic on linen, 82 x 102cm
Winter Track sketch 0559
Water sketch 0685
Small Flood, 2017, acrylic on wood, 15 x 15cm
Winter Track sketch 9884
Winter Track I, 2016, acrylic on board, 19 x 29 cm, $350
Winter Track sketch 9921
Winter Track IV, 2016, acrylic on board, 21 x 29 cm, $350