Yesterday I had to deliver artworks to the Tweed River Art Gallery…….about 40 minutes drive from the Chateau. The Tweed River area is one of the most beautiful regions in Australia. The photo at the top of the page shows how the road winds along next to the Tweed River and shows Mt Warning off in the distance. The Gallery is located near a place called Murwillumbah which is close to the NSW and Queensland boarders.
Murwillumbah which has a small population of only 8,000, sits on the south eastern foothills of the McPherson Range in the Tweed Valley. The area is hilly. Many of the buildings in the Town are Art Deco in style and there are cafes, clothes and antique shops. Murwillumbah was nominated one of the top ten sea/tree change towns in Australia.
The area is used for filming of the British reality series, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and has been since 2002. Versions of the show for other countries are also produced in the area.
The major industry, apart from tourism, is sugarcane growing. There is also some dairy farming and many alternative lifestyle retreats nearby, notably one belonging to the Hare Krishna religion.
I have always had a special fondness for this area and as a friend said recently…….it seems to have a strong spiritual energy there.
“Raw, immediate and courageously gestural – I can’t stop looking at this drawing…”
In replying to his comment it prompted me to think about what is beauty.
“You’re right to add courageously. I am reluctant to show such images as many will be shocked by them…including myself. But, as you know, as artists we must be true to whatever comes from within. My way of understanding this is to think of a beautiful tree with colorful blossoms and elegant foliage for all to see. Below is an intricate roots system which to many may be considered ugly compared to what is above. But it is only our perception of beauty. It is all the same tree and and must be loved and appreciated as such. All beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Below is a painting Under the Jacaranda 1903 by R. Godfrey Rivers Queensland Art Gallery Australia
Further thoughts : We are all made up of many parts…some regarded as beautiful and others….well not so. But that is our perception based on what we have learnt – IT CAN CHANGE if we are open to it.
Different cultures have distinct ideas about what is beautiful and it can change over time.
Life is about CHANGE and the way we see the world……….the way we see and “feel” beauty!
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