12.5″ × 21″ soft pastel (Rustytone and Art Spectrum) on Indigo blue Canson Tex pastel paper.

This is my translation of Mieke Boynton’s amazing image “Punurrunha” for the SoJie 16 Landscape and LIght workshop.
Thankyou so much Mieke :)

by Mieke Boynton

As soon as I saw this photo I thought of the poem “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar. I’ve loved this poem ever since I learnt it way back in primary school.
Here are a couple of my favourite verses

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

June 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Original Sold!


dianne ilka, pastel, sojie16, landscape, australia, my country, pilbara, punurrunha

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  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockabout 2 years ago

    Hooray Dianne – it’s wonderful!

  • Thankyou so much Terri!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work!!

  • Thanks Leslie!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 2 years ago

    So amazing. Such an outstanding piece of art, Dianne. And so true to the colours of the Pilbara after a good soaking Wet Season.

  • Thankyou so much Mieke! It was a pretty amazing photo I had to start with :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Jodie Williams
    Jodie Williamsabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work Dianne. I also love & remember that poem from primary school :)

  • Thanks Jodie :) I couldn’t get the poem out of my head the whole time.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • linaji
    linajiabout 2 years ago

    Incredible finish and the process you use is so interesting Dianne, you have made one happy girl… heheheh

  • Thankyou :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful as always Dianne!

  • Thanks :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Fireabout 2 years ago

    I adore this one :)) Mieke’s original photo is one of my top5 from her gallery and you gave it a fantastic painted look, so bold and full of colors !! Just grand – really adore it !!

  • Thankyou so much! I certainly got to give my greens a good workout in this one :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully rendered! Great translation!

  • Thankyou!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 2 years ago

    wow…amazing work:)

  • Thanks Robin :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Dianne, this turned out so fine. I have loved watching the intensity to your approach to painting “My Country”. It paid off. My favorite section is those green velvety slopes, midground, against the distant mountain.

  • Thanks Frannie :) I just framed it and hung it on my wall today. Really happy with how it looks. My hubby dosen’t actually know that I have painted it yet so I’m wondering if he will notice it lol!

    – Dianne Ilka

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