So, is it ok to collect dead wood since they are debris anyway? Apparently not.
Learnt recently that it’s illegal or restricted in some Australian states to take wood from national parks and reserves, even if the wood is dead or fallen. The laws vary depending on local circumstances, such as level of fire risk, access, existence of vulnerable species, or availability of natural refuge areas.
Dead trees and fallen branches provide vital nesting sites and protection against predators for a range of native flora and fauna species. Fallen wood can also provide food sources for small animals. .
Good to read up on the local regulations, and good practices before heading out to gather some firewood 😉
I find the untamed character of the Australian landscape, in its ironic sameness and uniformity, immensely and strangely attractive to portray. Dead trees, broken and ragged branches, and scraggly fibres sprawling across eroded rock forms, and the repetitive nature of the thin, sparse and fine vegetal cover dispersing the strong sunlight into softer shadows and pastel colours. Supposedly iconic of Australia, but I’m really curious to know if there’s another part of the world that looks similar to this.
Trees symbolise life, positive energy, growth and strength. This keenness and fascination with drawing trees of mine has manifested itself on another canvas. It’s inspired by my memory of the Australian Eucalyptus forest on our recent trip to Maria Island in Tasmania – the verticality, leanness and almost-whiteness of the eucalyptus trunks, repetitive without the distraction of visual variety.
For those celebrating, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Lunar New Year!
Being away from family and friends in Singapore, I felt compelled to recreate some festive mood at home. So while it’s the Year of the Pig, I painted some fishes yesterday to welcome the new year (and hopefully some new ‘wealth’!).
In Chinese, the word fish 鱼 🐟 ‘Yu’ sounds the same as 余 ‘Yu’ (which means ‘abundance’). Fish is a common dish eaten during the New Lunar Year meals to symbolise having abundance. As fishes are closely associated with water and life, it is considered auspicious to keep fishes at home.
Inspired by a city’s planning, its evolution, and Paul Klee.
I’ve been trying new ways of creating memories and images. Thought I’d take a break from painting and drawing loosely, and try something more planned and deliberate. My first go at it with a subject I thought would be appropriate.
Worked on this John Forrest-inspired mixed media painting today, to take a break from a non-tree exploratory piece. Many of the rocks in this area have clean linear edges. I wonder if it’s due to natural structures, or blast marks due to clearing of the site for construction of the former railway (which is now a heritage trail for visitors).
This is the second iteration based on inspiration from one of our walks with friends in Bradley’s Head, which looks back across the bay to Sydney’s Circular Quay.
In this piece, I intended to experiment more with mark-making to create interesting textures using various media that overlay each other. Here, I wanted again to express the sinewiness of the Australian Eucalypts, but this time adding more ‘softness’ to contrast against the characteristic wildness of the Australian landscape.
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