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 😉
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.
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.
The lone Coral Tree in our neighbourhood bloomed early Spring, with flowers aplenty, but few leaves. Its distinctive flaming red crown was easily spotted from a distance, while on closer view, it is a bouquet of red flowers looking striking against the blue of the sky. A few days later, we found it to be filled with an army of Red Wattlebirds feasting away. They moved between branches in a frenzy of gymnastic swings, circles, kips, and twists and turns to feed, and called in cackling, guttural and whistling sounds, singing “There’s one here. Oh, another one above. Two more on the sides. And one more behind too!”
Inspired by a walk at John Forrest National Park, in Western Australia, characterizing the Australian bushscape and environment – dry and harsh but full of surprises on close inspection. One can imagine the resilience and malleability personified by the flora and fauna that are found in its raw and wild bushscape.
A slice of history for first-time visitors: A former railway line, known as the Eastern Railway, dissected and passed through the park from the 1890s until it was decommissioned and removed in 1966. Today, Swan View Tunnel remains as part of the park’s heritage trail.
Another piece inspired by the walk at Bradleys Head, Sydney, with focus on the native Australian eucalyptus. The trees look creepy with its sinewy and intertwining branches, but walking through them was a pleasant quietness amongst the hustle and bustle of the urbanscape.
A semi-abstract piece inspired by the new and exciting environment since my moving to Perth, Australia, in end-2018, from its red soil, ‘barbies’, sunburnt skin, sports, can-do DIY spirit of its people, to bush fires, droughts, and its tumultuous political scene.
Still thinking of a better title for this painting. Any ideas?