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Geewillinkinwinkings – It’s Monday Already – and February 2014!#$@!

Time is an illusion

said Albert Einstein.  This gives me comfort as I wonder how come January has been and gone already!  Gone before I started my New Year Resolutions, gone before I finished even one painting, gone!

At least I did start a painting.  When going for a walk a tree will sometimes catch my attention and stop me in my tracks as it makes me aware of its individuality, its own brand of beauty and its character.  There is one such tree in the reserve behind our home.  It’s a  Jarrah tree that bears the scars of a long life with a belly that suggests a full and indulgent one.  I fancy that it’s raising a glass and saying ‘Cheers!’ as I walk by and have nicknamed it ‘The Beer Belly Tree’.

The Beer Belly Tree

The Beer Belly Tree

The painting (1m by .75m) will be one of a series so I’m painting it out of context but realistically (in acrylics) so that those that have seen the tree may recognize it – I have no idea why I want to do so!

This is the progress by the end of January:

The Beer Belly In Progress

The Beer Belly In Progress

I’ve many reasons and excuses for not getting further – one is the level of detail messes with my brain!

Beer Belly Detail

Beer Belly Detail

Some other reasons for lack of progress: the extreme heat during January; a dysfunctional air-conditioner in the studio and the catastrophic bush fire on Sunday January 12th – a day that topped 46 degrees Celsius in the Perth Hills.  The fire devastated 650 hectares and destroyed over 50 homes, two in the west of our suburb, most in the suburb to our West.  It’s heart rendering to see the damage and feel the pain of the bush – fauna and flora – and the people directly affected.  We had to evacuate but were spared the trauma of losing our home where so many memories are stored.  We’ve learned from the experience and will be better prepared if there’s a next time.

As for the bush, it has seen fire before and has also learned from the experience.  Successful flora have adapted to survive and regenerate after fire. I think the Beer Belly Tree is a survivor of a past fire as its base is as black as charcoal in parts.

Despite the awfulness of the inferno on January 12 and its aftermath, I was struck by the beautiful colours and shapes of the blackened tree trunks and the crispy, burnt orange leaves as I drove by a stretch of incinerated bush the other day – and smiled to see the blackened stumps of grass trees already pushing up young, green spiky leaves.

As artist Joseph Beuys said:

I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.

Time for me to go.
🙂
Helen

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.

Enough!

🙂
Helen