Working with Driftwood.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I have been having great fun working with pieces of driftwood that I find on my daily walks on the beach.

Each time I find a piece I can usually visualise what I am going to do with that little piece of nature – however sometimes it takes a little longer to get the feel of the piece. Every piece of work is unique and there can never be another piece like it, as no two pieces of driftwood wood are ever the same.

First I take the necessary cleaning and pest control procedures to ensure the wood free and clean of any unwanted pests.  Then comes the shaping and preparation.  I find it very enjoyable whittling and shaping the wood into the shape that I can ‘see’ within the wood. Next the sanding and preparation of the surface to ensure the paint will adhere.

Once painted and finished each piece is completely sealed with a clear heavy duty sealer.

I often paint Australian fauna to raise their awareness as many species are declining and this is a disturbing trend.

Hope you like my latest little creatures.

New work

I have decided to indulge my fascination with texture.  I use whatever feels right at the time, pieces of paper, material and whatever else catches my imagination.  I  have been having such fun and look forward to where ever my new journey in this style takes me.

My new works are full of texture, depth and colour and my new pieces are all abstract in nature.

A lot of these pieces have been painted on recycled timber.   I love to recycle wherever I can and I use pieces of found driftwood and old pieces of furniture. I also use pages from old books, pieces of material, broken zippers and whatever odd pieces I discover.

Three new residents at the Fudge Shop

Today I took three of my little driftwood pieces to stay at the Fudge Shop up on Springbrook Mountain.

Hopefully they will soon find a new home.

azure kingfisherAzure Kingfisher

Scientific name: Ceyx azureus

Alcedinidae

With its combination of royal-blue plumage on its upperparts contrasting with orange on its underparts, the Azure Kingfisher is one of the smallest and most dazzling kingfishers in Australia. This diminutive species inhabits the vegetation beside waterways and other wetlands, where it often perches on low, overhanging branches, searching for its prey of fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects, captured by shallow plunging into the water. Anglers on lonely rivers are sometimes surprised to find an Azure Kingfisher perched quietly on their fishing rods instead of a branch.

 

 

 

ringtail possum 1Eastern Pygmy-possum

Scientific name: Cercartetus nanus

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable

Eastern Pygmy-possums are tiny (15 to 43 grams) active climbers, with almost bare, prehensile (capable of curling and gripping) tails, and big, forward-pointing ears.

The Eastern Pygmy-possum is found in south-eastern Australia, from southern Queensland to eastern South Australia and in Tasmania. In NSW it extents from the coast inland as far as the Pilliga, Dubbo, Parkes and Wagga Wagga on the western slopes.

Feeds largely on nectar and pollen collected from banksias, eucalypts and bottlebrushes; an important pollinator of heathland plants such as banksias; soft fruits are eaten when flowers are unavailable.

 

treefrog 2aRed-eye Tree Frog

Scientific name: Litoria chloris,

Also commonly known as the red-eyed tree frog or orange-eyed tree frog, is a species of tree frog native to eastern Australia; ranging from north of Sydney to Proserpine in mid-northern Queensland.

This species of frog is associated with rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests, and woodlands. The call is several long, moaning “aaa-rk” sounds, followed by soft trills. Males call and breeding takes place mostly after rain in temporary ponds, roadside ditches, dams, ponds, and creek offshoots where the water is not flowing.

My very own Didgeridoo!

pandanus treeDonna's drift wood finished - Copy

 

 

My friends all know that I like to resurrect pieces of driftwood and natural pebbles

So friends often turn up at my studio with a piece of unusual driftwood or pebbles that they have found whilst they were out and about.

A while ago a special artist friend turned up with a long and interesting piece of pandanus tree that she had found washed up on Burleigh Headland.

It was bruised and battered and looked like it had been floating in the ocean for a long time, full of holes, but what an interesting and unusual shape and patina on the timber!

It was beautiful but the shape was so usual that I could not decide what I was going to do with it.

I placed it in a prominent position in the garden, near the pool, where I could look at it daily.  It took me over 4 months but I finally felt the piece ‘speak’ to me.

The Pandanus spiralis is an Australian shrub or small tree up to 10 metres in height. It has long, spiny leaves organised in a spiral arrangement. The plant bears a large, pineapple-like cluster of fruit that turn orange-red when ripe.  Wildlife including birds take advantage of the spiny leaves by living in the tree for protection. They also favour its fruit.

So I decided to continue with the Australian theme and I covered it with shapes and stripes in Australia’s earth colours of orange, yellow and yellow ochre.

When I had finished I found that I ended up with my very own didgeridoo.

Donna's drift wood finished a

 

driftwood close up

Excited to announce – my art is selling at Springbrook.

It is with great excitement that I announce that my art has been accepted by the Fudge Shop up on beautiful Springbrook which is located in the beautiful Heritage Listed National Park Qld, with unspoiled rain forest, famous waterfalls, walks for the keen bush walkers, scenic lookouts, loads of wildlife and the   ” the best damn fudge on the Coast! “   All their fudge is made fresh daily, onsite.  They also sell local art and other items such as – soaps, jams, locally made honey and the popular Lemon Myrtle products.

So go for a drive to see their lovely shop, buy some fudge and peruse all the interesting pieces of local art.  Maybe buy some of my art!

tree-frog-awood-nymphFroggy #6aFroggy #2a

Srtiped Gecko on the kitchen wall

I have just completed another piece for my Resurrection Series.resurrection

As you will remember these pieces are all made from, or painted on pieces of driftwood found on beaches or creek banks.

Donna, a very good friend of mine who always offers support and encouragement for all my art endeavours, likes my Resurrection pieces and turned up at my house one day with a couple of interesting of pieces driftwood that she found on the beach at Burleigh Heads.

One piece in particular immediately ‘spoke’ to me and I had the perfect spot for my ‘Striped Gecko’ in my home.

Striped Gecko

He sits on my kitchen wall and looks down on us as we go about our daily chores and cook up wonderful creations!

Striped Gecko in situ

Hope you love him as much as we do.

From found driftwood to Natural Art Pieces

resurrectionAs I walk along the shore early mornings, I’m always on the lookout for unexpected gems that are washed up by the oceans waves.

Sometimes it is a beautiful complete shell, sometimes a stone that has been polished by the ocean waves, and  other times it may be a piece timber that has floated the ocean tides and finally washed ashore.

Some of these found pieces have spoken to me and they have become part of my Resurrected series.

I continue to seek new surprises as I walk the shore and enjoy nature’s beauty.  Who knows when I may discover my next gem.

Resurrection

This is my very first piece in my Resurrection Series. This piece of discarded timber has been given new life.  Small buds push through the old timber and new pale green buds unfurl toward the sunlight.

Nature is resilient and this piece symbolises new life.

resurrection of life

Wood Nymph

This beautiful piece of flotsam was the perfect surface for my wood nymph. Its lovely rugged shape and smooth surface cried out to be revived and admired.

My wood nymph’s beautiful ethereal face emerges from the timber.

Wood Nymph

Green Tree Frog I & II

These beautiful pieces of flotsam seem to be perfect for my lovely green tree frogs. Their rugged shapes and smooth surfaces cried out to be revived and admired.

I have an affinity to the colourful green tree frogs.  Frogs are the barometer of our planet’s health and therefore are a valuable creature to be protected at all times.

Each of my little frogs sit serenely on a tree branch looking out for their dinner.

Green Tree Frog on LogTree Frog a

Green Tree Frog Paper-weights

These little fellows make lovely paper weights.  Beautiful stones from the shoreline each painted with one of my little frogs.

Green Tree Frog Paperweight IIGreen Tree Frog Paperweight IGreen Tree Frog Paperweight Pair

Banded Finches

Five little finches sitting in a row, their sharp little eyes looking for their next meal.  They make a cute image for this piece of driftwood.

Five Birds a