Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Central Australia - East MacDonnell Ranges

Just back from a trip to the Red Centre of Australia. The first week was spent with a group of painters, photographers, etc. about 80kms east of Alice Springs around Ross River. We stayed in cabins in sub zero nights. It was the first time that I have experienced frozen pipes since I was a boy in Scotland. 

We had our meals from a mobile camp kitchen around a very welcome campfire, with a trip by 4WD bus to a different area each day.  It was a great experience being in the midst of the the unique palette of the outback. 


The Road to Ross River, East MacDonnell Ranges,
Acrylic and Watercolour
16 x 6 inches (40 x 15 cms) on 300gsm watercolour paper
 

Acrylic & watercolour paint were more convenient to use on this trip, & the paintings were painted plein air (on site).
 
One of the highlights was the brightness & density of the stars, particularly the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. Everyone tells you how amazing the skies are at night in the outback, but you can't appreciate the extent until you see it. Whilst the Southern Cross is visible in Sydney, the milky way can't be seen by eye.
The Great Walls of China, East MacDonnell Ranges,
Acrylic and Watercolour
16 x 6 inches (40 x 15 cms) on 300gsm watercolour paper
 
More to come in part 2.

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