The promise of long, lazy days with golden views taken from the refuge of a cool, shady verandah; the scent of bush blossom carried on a warm breeze.
Inspired by Dorothea Mackellar’s iconic poem My Country and Lithgow artist, Graham Gercken’s painting, Kanimbla Valley No.3.
The Scent Story
GUMNUT BLOSSOM / CARDAMON / TOBACCO
Bright florals and spicy cardamon and clove bud combine with dry tobacco and leather to evoke the warmth of an Australian summer afternoon in the bush.
KANIMBLA VALLEY / GRAHAM GERCKEN
‘Painting en plein air allows a chosen landscape to slowly reveal itself. I love to explore strong contrasts of light and shade – the crisp highlight on a sunlit gum or a dark creeping mountain shadow – this is what makes a painting pop.’
MY COUNTRY / DOROTHEA MACKELLAR
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!