6ft x 2ft
Pastel, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
Original sold Sydney 2010
This is a more accurate representation of the original

This work was inspired by a story from the Aboriginal Dreamtime about three celestial beings that came down to tempt the young men. The elders got upset about this as the men stopped doing there work, so they set fire to the mountain and the beings went underground and that’s how the Lakes were formed. Originally I was going to three panels representing the three beings and I will probably do that as a seperate work later on down the track.

It involved months of planning and research. Using photo manipulation in photoshop then drawing in pastel on canvas, then taking that into photoshop and developing it further, then finally doing the pastel and gold leaf version that you see here today on the canvas.


dreaming, evocative, goldleaf, moody, pastel, sensual, woman, creative, unusual, beautiful, cate townsend

I am an artist from the North Coast of NSW, utilizing my Graphic Design skills to generate thought processes in Adobe Photoshop. I then translate my designs onto canvas using mixed media, ie acrylic, ink, pastel, gold leaf etc. I also work intuitively with colour straight onto the canvas letting the flow of paint dictate the composition. I can relate to the Bowerbird, as I am drawn to blues and turquoises, collecting my treasures from the artists universe to produce my work.

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    so gorgeous Cate :)

  • thank you Karin, the photo I had up didn’t do her justice at all. I think this is a much better interpretation of the original painting.

    – Cate Townsend

  • caradione
    caradioneover 2 years ago

    Wow Cate I’m with karin on this one… just gorgeous… so good to read about the story and your process to get this final piece ..

  • Gordon Stead
    Gordon Steadover 2 years ago

    Wouldya lookit that !
    Just jumped right into my fave box !
    Bravo Cate

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    Very Modigliani!! Love it!

  • Ray Jackson
    Ray Jacksonover 2 years ago

    love it !!

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • sure2010
    sure2010over 2 years ago

    So soft to hear the whispers…all praise Cate

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 2 years ago

    Very nice! Very unusual and lovely!

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago


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  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 2 years ago

    Very well done! Great artwork!!

  • Thank you Madalena :)

    – Cate Townsend

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