|“Feeling My Way” exhibition at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery|
|Keeper of the Mystery 101cm x 76cm
Acrylic, tissue, oil stick, lace and pencil on canvas
© 2013 Tracey Hewitt
Down the road from Blackall, you’ll find Barcaldine (if you drive for about an hour…and don’t do it early in the morning or late in the evening; the kangaroos are out on force at daylight and dusk. Didn’t think you’d want photographic evidence of the way the combination of kangaroos and vehicles looks on the side of the road!).
These photos are taken at the Tree of Knowledge in the main street of Barcaldine. A significant site,for over a century, the tree died (under somewhat suspicious circumstances) and this structure has been built over and around the remains of the tree, recreating the feeling of being under it’s canopy. It’s quite clever, but I have to confess to feeling just a little uncomfortable underneath it – all those pieces of timber are free to swing, and you get a sensation that they could fall…I kept telling myself that as they built it they would have been very careful not to let that happen…but still…
I hope I’ve given just a little taste of the ‘Outback’…it’s funny, really, no one seems to really be sure where the famous Outback begins! There are doubtless residents of Blackall and district that would say the Outback is further out than that, but, for my money, you’re getting pretty close. I have visited that area, and much further west than that, a number of times; and while it’s a long way between towns, and maybe not the most picturesque landscape, there is a beauty about it that I haven’t found equal to anywhere. The sunrises and sunsets are especially breathtaking – open sky as far as you can see, they’re pretty special. I hope one day, you’ll have a chance to experience it for yourself!
Welcome to the first in a series of posts about a couple of canvases that are destined to travel with my Dad to Indiana, as thank you gifts for his hosts when he visits Clown University (There’s a whole other story there isn’t there?!)
Dad has requested a couple of uniquely Australian artworks, so, with a long plane trip and limited space in mind,I’ve decided to work on a couple of light, small canvases.
While Ernie the emu here is not populating a terribly impressive photo, I think he’ll make a presentable transfer…so that’s my start point.