From ocean blue to desert red

What a wonderful week!

I have been very fortunate to spend last week trekking around Broken Hill and the edge of the desert, taking in all the gorgeous warm tones of our Australian landscape whilst enjoying the whole journey with my lovely friend Christine who was lives in Mildura and who kindly took time off to show me her backyard.

The two of us enjoyed a photography expedition where we watched in awe the sunrise over the ‘Walls of China’ at Mungo National Park, stood mesmerised by silver light mirrored over Menindee Lake, and delighted at the wild donkeys and cows taking rest in some interesting places.

We walked ancient river beds in near silence – each of us totally aware of our perfect and peaceful setting, marvelled at the reflected light on pristine rock pools, revelled in the majesty of deep gorges cut into an otherwise flat landscape, journeyed along corrugated dirt roads running the gauntlet with mobs of emus and lovingly caressed the smooth silk like texture of old river gums. We both come away feeling a great sense of peace and oneness with this land.

I have now returned to Mildura and this afternoon I have arrived at The Art Vault for a three week live-in artist’s residency. I have unpacked my bags, set up my materials in the studio and tomorrow morning I will be ready to make a start, letting the creative juices flow as I work with all the wonderful images of this beautiful area to build a new body of work.

I’ll keep you posted as to what artwork emerges. In the meantime here a couple of the snaps taken on our journey. Hope you’re keeping warm…Tracey.

Silver Light on Menindee lake
Silver Light on Menindee lake
A donkey hoping for table service.
A donkey hoping for table service.
I didn't know cows could read.
I didn’t know cows could read.
Sunset at Mungo National Park
Sunset at Mungo National Park