The green, green grass trees of home

Hi everyone, fun to be checking in for the first time on WBHDII and thought I’d post about what I’ve been working on for the last couple of months and where it’s headed. Actually, I don’t know where it’s headed… 02AWFebGrassTreeSite

These beautiful plants are Australian Grass Trees (Xanthorea species – I’m not sure what kind yet) and they cover a hillside about 100km (62m) from my home. There are some closer to home but not in such numbers as this site. They push up a tall, straight flower spike and remind me in some ways (if you squint and move back about a mile) of the Yukka I saw at White Sands in NM.

03AWFebGrassTreeSketches I’ve been sketching and painting these for a few months in preparation for a show in Brisbane in July, but also to see where it might all head for my WBHDII pieces. Sketching has been pretty minimal as the Australian summer makes for very unpleasant times. I went to the site 2 weeks ago and once I’d swatted away about 300 mosquitoes, then swallowed some flies visiting from adjoining cattle paddocks, the sun emerged and before I blacked out I made a vow to come back after summer.

So, some squiggly compositions did emerge and whilst none of the larger pieces are finished, there is some colour going down and I’m working through some ideas. Below is where I work, listen to bad tv and good music, drink lots of coffee, and talk to our dog. 01AWFebStudioGrassTrees

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6 thoughts on “The green, green grass trees of home

  1. good going, busy lady. Once I get over this @#F$#^ flu, I’ll be back in my studio to start and finish (well, it is gessoed) my second piece to go to AU. Will be so good to see you back here.

  2. It’s definitely been a productive time, I think partly drive by knowing I have a play break coming up to go see the Chuck Close show in Sydney soon. Yay.

  3. Hi Adrianne,

    Something cool has to come out of the Xanthorea idea, they have such sculptural appeal and personality. I love Australian plants. In Southern California, where I grew up, a lot of them are better adapted than the natives; for me, the chore of picking up kindling was gathering fallen Eucalyptus branches from an enormous, towering Eucalyptus next to the house.
    I also like a lot of the Acacias from Australia–which are a great example of how many Australian species exhibit quite a bit of exuberance without needing much water.
    I am excited to see more images as they come along.

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