PLEIN AIR PAINTING HOLIDAY – RED CENTRE
I thought I would give a brief re-cap here on the Travelrite painting holiday to Central Australia last month. Although I have spent many months painting in this part of Australia I have to say it is the first time I have painted Plein Air in this country. I found it to be a truly rewarding experience and I hope the 15 students that came also felt the same. It was a privilege to sit out with so many other like-minded people and create works of art in this beautiful part of Australia. Not without it’s challenges (cold wind, flies, hot sun to name a few…) everyone coped very well and some really nice pieces of work were completed. My highlights were Glen Helen where we stayed for 5 nights and Curtain Springs Station. Here we completed a paper making course on the first afternoon and we were treated to a drive around to the far side of Mt Connor. Mt Connor is situated fairly centrally on the Curtain Springs property – a million acre cattle station about 100 kilometres from Uluru. Mt Connor is sometimes mistaken for Uluru when first sighted, but is a Flat top Mountain, very distinctive in its shape although only a few metres short of Uluru in its height. We also visited a salt Lake on the Curtain Springs property where we were encouraged to takeaway a small bag of pink salt from the lake for our own consumption. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take more than I did. It is a truly delicious salt and I can certainly taste the difference.
A more rewarding 13 days of painting and adventure would be hard to find.