Monthly Archives: December 2013

Run Postie, Run Run Run!

Christmas is almost upon us so it seems appropriate to give some thought to the postmen that are running hard to deliver the billions of cards and gifts across the planet that represent so much love and care between people.

When communication by email first became popular there was a concern for the future employment of our ‘posties’.   Now the popularity of online buying means that Australia Post has coped with the delivery of 20 million items every day this year – to a 11 million addresses.   These statistics don’t include the mail handled by all of the private courier companies!  The population of Australia is only 22.7 million – approximately.

These ‘postmen’ were running in our garden as early as Spring:

Kennedia Prostrata

Running Postman at Balligar

Also known as Kennedia Prostrata, they run along the ground forming a tangled mat.  This rendering of them in pen and watercolour is the last in the series of 12 wildflowers found in our garden this year that I painted in a style reminiscent of stained glass designs.  I’m looking forward to creating more paintings in various styles in 2014.

Meanwhile I hope the festive season brings love and care to all and a happy, peaceful New Year.  It’s nearly here – run postie, run!


Is This An Illusion?

If art was not an illusion would it be a photograph or is that also an illusion?  My head hurts already!

Art has to be an illusion (to me at least) as my sort of art, drawing and painting, is a 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimension visual world.  The end result may be a close rendition of reality but it is always the artist’s view of it.

What maybe surprising is that these thoughts resulted from discovering that a variety of Kangaroo Paws on our block is a hybrid, so maybe these plants only give an illusion of nativeness.  If a hybrid is produced within Australia from Australian natives does the hybrid get a classification of ‘native’?

I think I prefer to do rather than think (is that a tautology?)!  Here’s the result of my doing ‘Kanga Burgundy” in the Wildflowers at Balligar design theme in pen and watercolour:

Kanga Burgundy / Bush Elegance

Kanga Burgundy / Bush Elegance

Kanga Burgundy is also known as Bush Elegance – and its inelegant name Anigozanthos Rambueleg.  This evergreen, perennial Kangaroo Paw reaches to 40cms tall with beautiful dark purple-red flowers from Spring to Autumn.  Its regal colours and looks belie its tough nature and ability to survive in dry, sunny positions, bringing us back to illusion and onto Albert Einstein who proclaimed:

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a rather persistent one.