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Russell Mckane on April 2, 2007

Mountain Lagoon Rd Woolami National Park. This is a painting of a angophora costata known also as the Smooth Barked Apple. I have always loved the forms and the colours of this tree. What I didn’t realise until I began this series was that the colour is very seasonal. I had assumed that I only saw angophoras when I saw the blaze of orange or pinks. I remember them form hiking as a scout around Sydney; from visiting my sister in Georges Hall, from in and around the Gosford; and from the love of the Blue Mountains.

What I didn’t realise was that most times I saw and identified angophoras was in the summer months. So imagine my surprise when only four weeks into painting a few of these trees the colours started bleaching and changing dramatically. Each painting is painted exclusively on site and takes approximately ten weeks to complete. Traditional glazing techniques are used and this requires drying time between layers thus I work on six paintings at a time. Next time I paint Angophoras I shall have to start in Hot December.

This angophoras has root system is another testament to the sub theme of these painting. “... suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:4 Oil on Linen 750x1050mm 2005

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