From where I live in Bayswater, there is a big field of forest nearby my studio.
My creating process normally start from a short walk into the woods, touching the texture of the barks, feeling the sunlight reflecting on the leaves and grasses. I then collect whatever I found during the walk as inspiration.
Sometimes I have various tree leaves or bird feathers; in autumn I have acorns, wattles in winter. There’s only one rule for my collecting process, never take from the living tree/life. I collect what had fallen only, and those are the gift from the nature of the day for me.
Recently I found out that the new growth gum tree was having its first bloom. I was obsessed with the delightful view of the sunlight reflected on those striking orange blossoms every time I walk pass by this particular tree.
It has become a routine of mine to paint the first bloom of the plant around my surroundings, now you are looking at my latest interpretation of my favourite gum tree. CORYMBIA FICIFOLIA (BABY ORANGE), a tough Australian native plant with brilliant bright orange flowers in summertime, is quite common in urban areas, gardens and streetscapes.
New growth appears bronze-red then turns green providing a beautiful contrast of colour. Eucalyptus flowers also have the symbolic meaning as Healing and Protection. Flowers always bloom in their own time without competing with other flowers. May we all bloom in our time in the best season. Hope you enjoy this artwork of mine.
Artwork inspired by nature in Summer 2021, Bayswater, Melbourne, Victoria. -HSIN LIN