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Vignette – with a dim uncanny tinge, 2020

Vignette – with a dim uncanny tinge, 2020

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Watercolour & graphite, 19 cm x 11 cm, framed in raw timber box frame with soft gold face 43.5 cm x 34.5 cm.

This is a leaf from an oak tree that I planted from a tiny acorn which is now thriving in my garden.  It has survived droughts and heat, and provides a haven for many tiny insects, like this little moth.  This leaf had been snapped off by a cockatoo and was slowly losing its strong green colour as it lay on the ground.  Its new colours were becoming much more subtle, like the natural colours of the little moth.

The title for this work comes from the poem "In a Southern Garden" by well known Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar.