Scott Gellatly


Friday, March 11, 2016

Aussie Icons

Just returned from spending two weeks in beautiful Australia - on a tour giving lecture demonstrations for Gamblin. I did, however, manage to get a little painting done between demo's.

After the 13-hour flight from the states, I arrived in Sydney in the morning, settled into my hotel, then enjoyed a long walk down to the famous Sydney Harbor. After strolling through the Royal Botanical Gardens, painting gear in tow, I thought, why not paint the most iconic structure in Australia?

Sydney Harbor, oil on panel, 6" x 8"

OK...check that off the it out of my system. Now I can get on with the rest of my trip. 

It would be a few days until I'd be able to paint again, but after a marathon, 3-hour Gamblin demo, I set up at a nearby park and painted another Australian icon - the gum tree.  

I was hooked...the wild movement of the branches, the white bark, the variety of greens...this would make a nice series from Australia. Best part, you can't shake a stick without hitting one...nothing like accessible subject matter. So, here they are...shown in the order they were painted: 

Aussie Gums #1 - 6, oil on panel, each 6" x 8" .