Monday, April 12, 2010

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LSBS - The Seasoned Scrapper - Summer 10

Now I thought that I enjoyed scrapping & then I hit this challenge, courtesy of use the beautiful & evokative words from the poem My Country....& work on a canvas!!

My Country
by Dorothy McKellar

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold -
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

I just loved working with paint on a canvas....just found it needless to say it was a wonderful challenge & here is mine......

A little closeup, showing you my recycling of cardboard (my other favourite medium to work with) & paddlepop sticks...loved working with paints, & Glimmermist, inks.  I have now completed a 2nd canvas tonight, to be a'set' or a cousin piccie to this one.  I will photograph in the daylight & pop it on here.

Cheers, Deb xxxx


  1. Such a beautiful canvas Deb and congratulations on a well deserved win....Look forward to seeing no 2.....luv marg xxx

  2. WOW Deb what a beautiful work of art. You are such a clever girl!!! it is so eyecatching & has taken my breath away. Can't wait to see the next one!!! Hugs Clare xxx

  3. Oh Deb... I simply love this, you are such a clever girl indeed! That tree is fabulous!

  4. This is a great work of art - that tree is beautiful - love all the different elements you've combined here. I've made a few on canvas too and they are a nice change from a scrapbook page. Wonderful work.


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