Monday, November 24, 2014

switching my gaze

^entranceway to the Royal Botanical Gardens -
one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sydney...
whether you're a tourist or a local^

I have over a hundred photos.
Two poems.
Two tired feet.
And a whole lot of new artwork ideas from my walk through The Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney last week. 

And even though I don't live that far from it, I have to say that it had been a while since my last visit. 
And I have no idea why I take it for granted. 
It is truly one of the most beautiful walks in this city. 
And Im always happy to play tourist.

I started my massive walk at the Opera House and then made my way through the woodlands, the Palm + Oriental gardens, the edible beds, the bamboo forest and European ponds - all the way to Mrs Macquarie's point - which is on the tip of the Gardens and a great spot to watch the ferries go by.

I then headed to (Boy) Charlton Pool for a coffee and a break before finishing my walk in the amazing succulent walled garden, near the entrance to the Art Gallery of NSW.

So yes - no leaf was left unturned as I wrote, took photos and absorbed all the colours and textures of this amazing natural space.

Any why? 
Well - Im starting a new series of works for a group exhibition early next year, which will feature five local artists and a whole lot of plants! 

Its been interesting switching my gaze from the stars and the universe, back down to the ground again.

But that's the fun of it.

New project. 
New colour palette. 
In a new studio.
For the start of 2015.

^This beautiful spot greeted me as I started my walk from the Opera House^

^You have to have your eyes everywhere...
from the ground to the sky^

^ne of my favouite spots in the Gardens.
Reminds my of Monet's beautiful garden at Giverny - with an Aussie feel to it^

^a quiet spot on a very busy day^

^the complete beauty of an Artichoke flower^

^green - in all its glory...^

^reaching for the skies^

^Jacaranda season... and everything is painted with lilac^

^succulent choir^

^rusty shadow play^

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