Myrtle on a red creek

Myrtle on a red creek
Figure in Landscape No.8

Myrtle on red creek 2008 Oil on Linen 900 x 1200mm $4500

Red Creek is a work simply named from the colour of the creek that stagnated around this Backhousia Myrtle. The Western Sydney Dry Rainforest is so named because its rain is very intermittent and the flow of this creek only occurs with heavy rain. So for much of its time it is dry with only a few small ponds maintaining water. A rust red sediment lines its waterways, most likely an algae that feeds on leaf litter.

Not all of my paintings reveal a rich metaphor to me as I paint. This is one of them. I could go to history and references to rivers flowing with blood. But no! That would be forcing metaphors. This is a peaceful place, a place in balance and harmony with itself.  It simply is and this is enough.