I love a sunburnt country by sweetscent62

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This is an acrylic painting I did 20 odd years ago, it was water damaged but I managed to salvage it enough to scan it and work on it on paintshop pro 8 to restore it as much as I could.
I have decided to add Dorothea MacKellar’s poem to it , as I think of this when I look at it. Of course my country is Australia : ) Wen
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To help the victims of the bushfires in Victoria.

My country (Australia)

Written by Dorothea MacKellar (Written 1906)

I love a sunburnt country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded Lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens,
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies -
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

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

The tragic ring-barked forests
Stark white beneath the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
An orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the crimson soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart around us
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

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.


australia, sunburnt


  • midzing
    midzingabout 6 years ago

    beautiful image,,,,,and I love this poem,,, at a school concert we had to recite this,,, well done Wendy,,, fantastic work,,,

  • That’s a great childhood memory Wendy!! : ) I’m glad..I hope it brings back good memories for you : ). Thanks so much, Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 6 years ago

    Magnificent combination, Wen.!!! Your artwork really compliments the poem perfectly with those rich, warm tones. Well Done !!

  • Thanks so much Phil : ) I’m glad you like it.. it means alot! cheers! Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienabout 6 years ago

    Just fabulous Wen…the poem is perect for your painting – no wonder it comes into your mind when you look at it. Beautiful combination. hugs xx

  • Thanks so much Estelle : ) it is a beautiful poem..I only wish I was the one that wrote it! but then..I’d have to be turning ninety this year…so perhaps it’s best I’m not ; ) Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • jerry  alcantara
    jerry alcantaraabout 6 years ago

    everything is beautiful here.

  • Thank you Jerry : ) I’m glad you like it.. Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • kazcook1972
    kazcook1972about 6 years ago

    Fabulous painting and the words compliment it so well! Glad you shared it with us Wen x

  • Thank you Karen : ) I’ve had it sitting doing nothing…and wanted to make something worthwhile from it as it was a favourite painting of mine. I’m so glad you like it! Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 6 years ago

    poem painting….wonderful……..

  • Cheers KJ : ) Much appreciated! Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAabout 6 years ago

    Outrageous, babe! The detail is fun, the colours evoke the words of the poem, and I’m VERY happy you were able to save at least a digital rendition for the world!

  • Thanks LL : ) It’s an old treasure… I’m happy it’s been so well received by the world. Funnily enough the idea for the painting from reading a photography magazine a million years ago! Wen xo

    – sweetscent62

  • Chookas
    Chookasalmost 6 years ago

    STUNNING Wendy ☺
    Gorgeous interpretation of that classic poem framed so beautifully in your art!
    Bravo! ♥

  • Thanks my friend! : ) much appreciated! Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • janniev
    jannievalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely combination of image of peotry. Well done.

  • Thank you so much janniev : )! much appreciated..Wen x

    – sweetscent62

  • David ( Cheech ) Atkinson
    David ( Cheech...almost 6 years ago

    Well done Wen. this is great work especially 20 yrs ago :) xx

  • Thank you so much David : ) I did another painting with an aboriginal theme…but it went missing years ago….we’ve moved so many times it probably got lost way back..thanks for all the lovely comments : ), Wen xox

    – sweetscent62

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