Friday, May 17, 2019

The Sweeping Plains

 The Sweeping Plains, 2018, oil on linen, 92 x 92 cm

This painting is the second one I've done from Mount Warenheip. It took about 15 sittings over many months to complete. It was fascinating to watch how much the landscape changed from the first sitting. Fields that were brown became green, the water in the dams almost disappeared and even where it was always green, the greens themselves looked so different with each painting session. The dead trees in the foreground made an interesting contrast to the fertile plains. There were many more trees clustered together but I selected the odd one here and there to make a composition. The title came from a line from Dorothea Mackellar's poem My Country.