Archive for February, 2018

Stone Cottage, Specimen Gully, Barkers Creek
February 22, 2018

This is my interpretation of the stone cottage near the place in Specimen Gully where gold was first discovered in the Mount Alexander district.

I found making this charcoal drawing quite challenging as the cottage wouldn’t fit on the A4 page. I also found depicting the texture of the stonewalls difficult.

I found my eye kept being drawn to the trees which surrounded the cottage so I paid a bit of attention to them.

 

 

 

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Specimen Gully, Barkers Creek
February 16, 2018

The discovery of gold in 1851 resulted in the gold rush to the Mount Alexander gold fields.

This cairn was erected near the site of the discovery of gold by three shepherds and a bullock driver. Specimen Gully was on land owned by Dr. William Barker who ran sheep on a large property since the early 1840s.

On the site is an old, crumbling cottage which was once the home of the John Worley mentioned on the plaque.

Bella Donna lilies dot the goldfields where there were once gardens. There are a number of these hardy survivors around the cottage. As you can see, neither rich garden soil nor regular watering are required for showy blooms.

The cottage and the cairn were built of locally mined slate. The cottage was extended at least once.

These ‘looking through’ shots are for you, Enivea.

Grampians Series No. 3
February 7, 2018

Here is another collage created using monoprints I made during the Grampians Brushes 2017 workshop I attended in September last year.

I had made monoprints of gum leaves at the workshop.

For this collage, I did a lot of cutting up and cutting out. I stuck down some of the printed paper to make a background layer. I cut out the prints of the leaves and drew around them to create leaf shapes on a variety of hand painted and printed papers I had in my stash. I cut out the leaf shapes and stuck them down in another couple of layers. For the top layer, I added the monoprints and some feathers. I coloured any white spaces left with wax crayon. I felt the collage needed a point of focus so I added the sequins to complete the work.