Soft Pastels on thick white cartridge paper, 297mm x 410mm

A beautiful thing happens to some types of eucalyptus trees in Australia during summer, The trees start to change colour, look a bit shabby, then they start to shed their bark, revealing a brand new ‘skin’, cool to the touch and almost sensual in its’ smooth texture and soft pastel colours.

I drew this from a reference picture I took myself, in my own backyard in Adelaide, South Australia. The colours were not digitally enhanced for cosmetic value, it was not necessary for nature provides beauty that can not be improved!

Completed 30th August, 2010


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I am a South Australian practising artist specialising in graphite pencils and soft pastels. I take portrait commissions and can be contacted at or


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  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Simon, the colours are so soft and I remember the feel of the new bark from my childhood.

  • Thanks! It’s a beautiful phenomenon :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Sarah Donoghue
    Sarah Donoghuealmost 4 years ago

    I love it. One of my favourite trees, I love how the bark is shed and shows the new growth. You have captured it well. Fantastic work.

  • Thanks so much. I love these trees too, I literally just have to hug them!!!

    – Simon Aberle

  • carss66
    carss66almost 4 years ago

    awesome work

  • Cheers mate

    – Simon Aberle

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosalmost 4 years ago

    fantasic simon! I can smell the eucalyptus leaves from here :D

  • Thanks Matt!!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Oh Simon dear, I can see that tree, and I can feel the smooth touch. You are such a great artist, and I am so glad you are working now with pastels. Wonderful work.

  • Thanks so much Mary, I still have a lot to learn about pastels, but I’ll get there eventually. There are still many graphite pieces to come out of me yet though ;)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Astrid Strahm
    Astrid Strahmalmost 4 years ago

    I like it very much too… great work! :-)

  • Thanks heaps

    – Simon Aberle

  • Topher Webb
    Topher Webbalmost 4 years ago

    looks fantastic mate

  • Cheers old buddy :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • Thanks heaps!!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Martin Lynch-Smith
    Martin Lynch-S...almost 4 years ago

    really good to see artists who work predominantly in portraiture show how good they can be at portraying nature. Great work Simon.

  • Thanks so much Martin. I guess I just never want to be perceived as a one trick pony :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Martin Lynch-Smith
    Martin Lynch-S...almost 4 years ago

    well said mate none of us ever are, its amazing what we all hide up our sleeves haha

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