One of only a couple of buildings still standing at Lancelot, South Australia, the town that almost never was. This little stone cottage, so lovingly built by skilled stonemasons, is now home to lizards and crows.
Approximate size, framed, 63cms x 91cms
Who wouldn’t love these old eucalypts that we saw on a recent journey through the Victorian goldfields.
Approx 50cms x 60cms inc. frame
I’ve painted this one from several angles at various times. It’s the kind of view I love, and the barn’s owner should be embarrassed, but probably isn’t, or he would have fixed it long ago.
Approx 40cms x 60cms inc. frame
Lancelot’s the town that never was. It was laid out in the late 1800’s, the pub and a few minor buildings were built, and it stopped right there. My great grandfather was the licensee, and my maternal grandfather, aged 2, fell into the underground tank below the kitchen floor and nearly drowned. Fortunately, the kitchen staff were quick off the mark and pulled him out again. Today the ruins of the pub sit on private land about 15 kilometres from Peterborough.
Approx. 86cms x 67cms inc. frame.
This is what happens when the signs of decay go un-attended, and the wind blows.
Approx. 120cms x 84cms
An old barn somewhere in the Mid-North of South Australia. Maybe it’ll capture the enthusiasm (and the dollars) of someone with plenty of vision and energy.
50cm x 61cm incl. frame
Built from stone found nearby, this abandoned house tells a story of trial and submission. Small farms eventually were absorbed into bigger ones.
80cm x 103cm inc. frame
In a late spring morning the sun was just coming up, throwing shadows across the lawn by this old house.
50cm x 60cm inc. frame
This is the house once occupied by Lill, who worked with her late husband on this grazing property near Peterborough, South Australia. Nowadays it’s a storage-place for farm equipment, still remarkable for the way it’s grown out of the earth. Its stones, the lime and sand in the mortar, and probably even the roof timbers all came from less than a mile away. It was only the nails and the galvanized iron for the roof that had to be bought.
50cm x 61cm
This is the largest watercolour I’ve done so far, at slightly more than 160 cms. long and 84cms. high. It’s a view of a sheep grazing property a few kilometres North-East of Peterborough, South Australia, showing the typical red soil and dry grass of the area. I love this countryside, and so it was a pleasure to paint.