With bushfire season upon us I decided to paint this painting of a scene I captured on camera whilst coming back from a holiday recently. I was taken aback at the devastation that a fire had caused down the South Coast of Australia in Murramarang National Park. After leaving a beautiful beach only hours earlier it was a stark reminder of the ugly side of nature. A few hot days, and a strong wind can bring disasterous results and our future is becoming more ominous as our climate continues to heat up. We do not dominate nature at all but nature dominates us!
As I walked into the burnt bush one thing that struck me were the tiny leaves sprouting forth from the black trunks of the trees, I just had to capture this moment as a sign of nature regenerating itself refusing to be beaten.
27cm x 20cm watercolour painting with white prisma colour pastel for ash effect.
The land was burnt its trees stripped bare
the animals gone, I held my stare.
Devastation all around, but there on a tree
leaves sprung forth for all to see!
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