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A Gold Mine?! Eucalyptus Macrocarpa?!

Apparently Eucalyptus Macrocarpa, a small tree native to the south west of Western Australia, is a gold mine for nanotechnology applications as it possesses self cleaning and water repellent properties!  It was the unusual and most attractive design and colours of its leaves and flowers that attracted me, as I was blissfully unaware of its future scientific potential until today.

Eucalyptus Macrocarpa (Mottlecah)
Photo credit: foliosus / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

In our last home one beautiful specimen inspired me to paint a bloom – in coloured pencils on Strathmore Bristol Smooth 260 gsm paper.  This was before it dropped all its blooms over a period of a few weeks, clogging the pool filter on a daily basis and changing my viewpoint somewhat!  Temporarily 🙂

E Macrocarpa may indeed provide me with a bit of gold as I’ve created cards and postcards from prints on lovely textured fine art print paper.  I’m delighted that our local visitor information centre is interested in selling them!  I may just be able to continue to support my paper addiction!!

Eucalyptus Macrocarpa Postcard by Helen Lock

Postcard by Helen Lock

Red seemed a suitable colour for today’s post as tomorrow is ANZAC Day in Australia – an occasion of national remembrance for those Australians and New Zealanders that served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Their contribution and suffering is recognised through dawn services, marches and commemorative events – lest we forget!

Until next time,

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

I guess I’m lucky to be suffering flower deprivation as it means I’m used to having a fantastic variety around me.  I can’t help but think that the world needs more flowers, not only for their intrinsic beauty but also as a symbol of passive resistance, peace and environmental harmony.

Scientific research has also shown that flowers benefit emotional health.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” – Dr. Haviland-Jones.

Read more here.

After a long, hot summer there are few flowers around Balligar and I’m recalling a rainbow of WA wildflowers I found in WA during Spring. It may be more correct to call them flowers found growing wild as some of them may not be natives and some may be weeds – beautiful nevertheless.  I hope digital flowers also lift spirits!


I created the original drawings / paintings using Prismacolor coloured pencils on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. 

Rainbow pencil

Rainbow pencil (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Each 10cm square took about about 10 hours to do as many layers were needed to get depth of colour.  Coloured pencil work makes me look forward to painting big in Acrylics – and painting in Acrylics makes me look forward to sitting quietly and working small in pencil – how good is that?!  I love watercolours too – and pastels – and charcoal – and…

Now I have a lot of coloured pencils but not enough to build a wall of 12,000!