Win's Australian Art

Winsome Board paints the light and colours of Northern Australia

Available Originals


Win's Gallery, 35 Grigg St., Ravenshoe

 
The following originals are available in Win's Gallery. The most recent paintings are listed first.
 
Prices are available upon request.
Paintings may be despatched anywhere but packaging and insurance must be negotiated in advance.
 
Phone: 61 7 40976270 or leave a message on 61 7 40976522
Email: winsome.board@gmail.com
       
 
       
2012
"Morning Light, Porcupine Gorge"
 
Pastel on Paper
size 420mm x 530mm

 

Print available $200
My second painting of Porcupine Gorge was much more colourful. The morning sun now bathed the cliff tops and touched the foreground leaves with gold. The early reflective peace gave way to joy. So I chose my pastels where the pure colours are so effective to depict this time of the morning.
The old frame I had had for years but had saved it for a special painting which would harmonize with its craftsmanship. For me, the frame must complement the painting.
 

 

 

   
2012
"Dawn, Porcupine Gorge"
Pen & Wash
size 275mm x 480 mm

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Print available $140
Porcupine Gorge, near Hughenden, is another of North Queensland ‘s hidden treasures. We came on the gorge in the late afternoon. The dark shadows gave a dramatic effect but there was no painting for me. So we went back to the camping ground and resolved to be back before sunrise next morning to see what the morning would bring.
In the early dawn light all the structures of the gorge were clearly but subtly revealed. I took a number of overlapping photos to capture the changing light. Later, at home I selected the part I needed for my initial drawing. The soft light called for watercolour but the intricate rock structures needed more definition so I decided to add some ink work. The result is a delicate coloured drawing rather than a pure watercolour.
 

 

 

   
2011
"The Old Order Changeth"
Oil on Canvas
size 620mm x 900mm

 

Print available on canvas $410
I first experienced Cobbold Creek twelve years ago. We camped and took the boat through the narrow gorge. Emerging from the constraint of the shadowed gorge, we saw ahead country suddenly open to bright sunlight, where the shimmering stream flowed quietly between huge paperbarks.
I sketched this scene but the foreground tree dwarfed the stream and the painting did not eventuate. Ten years later, when we revisited the spot, I was surprised to see my old tree had fallen. The composition was now complete.
As I worked on this painting, I was constantly aware of the beginning of a line from a poem, “The old order changeth....” Eventually I remembered the source.
It is King Arthur’s last speech to Sir Bedivere, in Tennyson’s “Death of Arthur”;
“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”
Several people have felt this painting depicts time flowing; make of it what you will.
 

 

 

   
2010
"Field of Lupins"
size 300mm x 230mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $90
This old farmhouse near Ravenshoe was first built in Irvinebank in the 1890s. When mining declined there it was dismantled, put on a bullock wagon, and re-erected in Ravenshoe in about 1910. The field of lupins was famous for many years; today only scattered patches remain but still they flower bravely in the spring.
 

 

 

   
2010
"Jacaranda and Cottage."
size 300mm x 230mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $90
Jacarandas, though not an Australian native, were much loved by the early pioneer families. In October, they make a lovely show for the town’s Torimba festival. This old cottage, with a huge jacaranda tree, is in Cedar Park, a part of Ravenshoe on the Tully Falls Road.
   

 

 

 
2009
"The Descent, Blencoe Falls"
size 305mm x 160mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $50
This is the second part of the Blencoe Falls. The lookout is built out over the gorge and the river flows down beneath our feet. It was quite difficult for me to go to the edge of the platform to take these photos. The builders had my profound respect.
 

 

 

   
2009
"Afternoon Light, Blencoe Falls"
size 180mm x 325mm
Watercolour on Paper

 

Print available $40
Blencoe Falls is another hidden treasure of the Ranges. The falls are on Blencoe Creek which flows into the Herbert River Gorge. The National Park is accessible from Gunnawarra Road near Mt. Garnet. The coastal access from Kennedy has been closed since the cyclones.
I made two trips to the lookout, in April and early May, when the country was still green from the wet season. These originals, depicting the afternoon light, are all that remain from the fifteen paintings of “The Blencoe Falls Experience”, an exhibition which we recorded in one of my small books. The other paintings of the falls and the Herbert River Gorge, including “Rivershine”, are available as prints.
 

 

 

   
2009
"Bright Afternoon, Blencoe Falls"
size 170mm x 120mm
Watercolour on Paper

 

Print available $25
The afternoon light on the falls produces colours quite different from the morning light. (See the prints of the morning light on the falls.) In my exhibition the paintings of the morning light sold quickly, perhaps because this is an aspect of the falls seldom glimpsed by visitors. Blencoe Falls was chosen for the site of one of the episodes of the television series, “Survivor”. There was nowhere for the participants to escape to. I hope they enjoyed the changing light.
   

 

 

 

 
 
"Bright Morning, Herbert Gorge"
size 280mm x 420mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $110
This is one of the paintings of the Herbert Gorge in late morning.The river no longr attracts attention and the eye is drawn to tthe far ranges.
 

 

 

   
2006
"Misty Morning, Mt. Mulligan"
size 300mm x 210mm
Pen & Wash on Paper

 

Print available $50
Mt. Mulligan is a huge sandstone outcrop fifty kilometres north of Dimbulah. The mountain was once mined for coal but in 1921 there was a gas explosion which killed over seventy miners. The mining was discontinued in the fifties and the township buildings, except the hospital, removed to Mt. Morgan. The hospital building is now the station homestead, and camping facilities are available.
Mt. Mulligan is an eerie place. Each year old mulliganites come together to remember it. Some claim to have seen ghosts there; a number 21 on the rock face, or figures playing on the vanished tennis courts.
I realised this was a morning painting so we rose before sunrise to catch the light. However scudding showers prevented photography, so I contented myself with a sketch which became this painting. The next morning we tried again and saw a lovely sunrise. This experience produced two paintings. These paintings are sold but there are prints available.
 

 

 

   
2004
"Welcome To My World"
size 760mm x 1010mm
Oil on Canvas

 

Print available on canvas $450
“Welcome to My World” presents the view from the top of Mt. Major, reached by one of the Misty Mountain walking tracks which cover the wilderness area around Ravenshoe. Today most of the forests are part of the World Heritage Rainforest area and old timber tracks have been converted to walking tracks. In the distance is the wind farm on Windy hill with Ravenshoe out of sight to the left. In September, rock orchids grow on the rocky ledges and the Resurrection plants turn crimson and cerise.
 

 

 

   
2004
Storm over Kaban
size 260mm x 520mm
Watercolour on Paper

 

Print available $140
Kaban is a farming area just north of Ravenshoe, with rich red volcanic soil. There is an alternative gravel road to Herberton from Ravenshoe, and one afternoon, as I came home by this route I was struck by the light before the storm. There was time only for a few photos which I joined together and then made my sketch. I prefer to make a sketch on site but sometimes this is not possible. Local viewers like to be able to identify their farm, so I am careful to show buildings accurately. I believe the crop is peanuts, but it could be potatoes as this is what is grown there now.
 

 

 

   
2004
"Reflections, Katherine River"
size 350mm x 480mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $110
This was another painting from the art tour of the Northern Territory. The Low Levels, Katherine River, is a popular picnic place for locals, with a wide expanse of clean sand and large shady trees. Some people do swim there but there is a risk of crocodiles, so heartless people advise visitors to let their dog swim first.
This was a late afternoon painting. The complexity of the river patterns suggested to me a mixed media attempt, pastel over watercolour, to convey both reflections and water movement.
 

 

 

   
2003
"Canoeing, Katherine Gorge"
size 235mm x 360mm
Watercolour on Paper

 

Print available $140
“Canoeing, Katherine Gorge” was painted from plein air sketches and photos taken on my trip to the Northern Territory with a Margaret Cowling art tour. This is early morning, when the first intrepid tourists are paddling up the Katherine Gorge. The changing light brings out different colours in the rocks and water and gives many opportunities for paintings.
   

 

 

 

 
2003
"The Artist Paints Katherine Gorge"
size 955mm x 700mm
Oil on Canvas

 

Print available on canvas $410
“The Artist Paints Katherine Gorge”. This resulted from an art tour with Margaret Cowling Arts, of the Northern Territory. For me, Katherine Gorge was the high point of the tour. We were taken twice to the same location to allow us better to understand the site. This was done at the end of the first gorge. My room-mate, painting from another position, provided the human presence to show the scale of the gorge. The colours deepen to mid morning, then, by midday, the colours are leached out by the full sun.
   

 

 

 

 
2003
"John's Dahlias"
size 500mm x 495mm
Pastel

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Print available $190
The dahlias came from my neighbour John’s garden, exactly one year after he died. He had always been generous with his gift of flowers. The pot was given to me by a friend who had previously owned my house; the table was my mother’s gift, and the background was my kitchen. All my flower paintings have special associations for me. Several local identities bought prints of this painting in memory of John and the new owner understands its associations too.
   

 

 

 

 
2000
"Spirits in Stone, Cobbold Gorge"
size 375mm x 290mm
Watercolour

 

Print available $90
Cobbold Gorge, eighty kilometres west of Georgetown, has only in recent years been accessible to the public. For many years it was not even explored by the station owners, for one cannot walk up this gorge. One must take the boat trip. The quiet motor and the stone figures watching from the naturally water carved cliffs inspire awe. Everyone becomes silent as the deep river narrows even more till the boat must return.
In peak season there are three daily trips and there are now comfortable cabins as well as the camping ground. This painting depicts the early morning experience. On my second trip we took the 10.30 trip when the light is harsher and the colours less subtle. On this trip I felt the presences less clearly. Perhaps the late afternoon trip would provide yet another aspect of this mysterious gorge.
   

 

 

 

 
1999
"Peaceful Afternoon, Windy Hill"
size 480mm x 660mm
Pastel on Paper

 

Print available $210
Windy Hill, an old shield volcano a few kilometres from Ravenshoe, is today the site of a large wind farm. Before the construction of the turbines, I loved to drive up to Windy hill to enjoy the view to the ranges and across to Ravenshoe. This painting was done then.
Many people feel wind farms are a blight on the landscape, but we rather like our turbines. However the memory of the natural landscape is preserved in this painting.
   

 

 

 

 
1996
"Home of the Peregrine Falcon, Bullaringa"
size 900mm x 600mm
Oil on Canvas

 

Print available on canvas $410
Bullaringa was once a cattle station, now a National Park, north-west of Mt. Surprise. The Red River flows under sandstone cliffs and there is an amazing variety of wildflowers and bird life in the surrounding forests. We swam in this pool in the late afternoon and were constantly under the watchful eye of a peregrine falcon. Even the rocks seemed to be filled with presences. Nature and the past were very much alive here.
   

 

 

 

 
1996
"Tableland Tamed"
size 240mm x 500mm
Oil on Canvas

 

Print available on canvas $180
“Tableland Tamed” was done from a lookout on the Palmerston Highway. The Southern Tablelands were once covered in thick rainforests but were cleared for dairying. Today only isolated patches of this scrub remain. In the background is Mt. Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest peak, with its scarf of thin cloud, persistent even on a clear dry day.
   

 

 

 

 
 
"Pride's Support"
size 820mm x 620mm
Oil on Canvas

 

No Print available
“Pride’s Support” is a painting of one of the strange sandstone sculptures of the Gilbert River, near the old goldmining ghost town of Gilberton. I was shown these natural sculpture by two friends who were still mining for gold there. Some of the sandstone outcrops have Aboriginal paintings on the overhanging ledges. One place looked like a great meeting of tortoises. In this painting I observed two figures, both burdened by weights on their heads, which provided the title.
   

 

 

 

 
 
"Earth Force"
size 820mm x 620mm
Oil on Canvas

 


No Print Available

Wallaman Falls, west of Ingham, has a single drop of a thousand feet, the highest falls in Queensland. After the wet season it is a most impressive sight, especially from the bottom. The falls do not appear to have worn away the valley; rather one is aware of the great forces which shape our land.
I walked to the bottom with a photographer friend. While he grappled with ropes and cameras to get the perfect shot, I sat quietly and sketched. The walk back to the top was exhausting; once, when I thought I could no longer keep up, a little lizard ran across the path and posed for a photograph my friend could not resist. When I had my breath back, he scampered off.
       
 

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Winsome Board, P.O. Box 72, Ravenshoe 4888

Email: winsome.board@gmail.com

Phone: 61 7 40976522
or 61 7 40976270