I rounded the corner, Nirvana on loud, and nearly crashed the car into a fence when this caught my eye!
I immediately pulled over and ran up the train track to check this wonderful abandoned wooden train station building. Isn’t it fab! It is going to have to be drawn!
I can’t believe I’ve not seen this before. I only found it because I took a detour from my usual route because it was a sunny day and I was enjoying the drive.
My love for abandoned old buildings continues..
They just have so much more character…
… and continue to inspire my art. The attention to the little details and thought that goes into the overall architecture. What’s not to love?
Upon returning from 30+/40 degrees in Australia to what feels like minus 30+ degrees in Scotland I was feeling a little bit on the miserable side. But it’s hard to be miserable when the daffodils and snowdrops are in bloom!
There are still icicles.. and a lot of snow..
..but it’s the little things that make me smile. The little flashes of colour and signs of life, hopefully marking the end of winter!
I just have this thing about trees. I don’t know what it is? I just find them fascinating, intriguing and inspirational.
Maybe it is their ever changing shapes? The twists and often impossible curves of their branches and trunks?
And from country to country.. Wow.. How do those shapes just keep getting wilder and more crazy? I love how nature can play with a concept such as a tree and create just so many.. So much.. So fabulous!
From short and stumpy to tall and gracious.. Green and lush to dry and burnt. They all have that ‘tree thing’.
If ever feeling a bit uninspired a good tree will always spark something, maybe a drawing? A photo? Or just a ponder? I often ponder about what might be living in the tree.. Birds? Insects? People in tree houses? Or in some moods I can imagine elves and pixies and fairies and other such creatures.. I think this comes from my love of Arthur Rackham’s illustrations (which also inspired many of my tattoos).
I chuckled the other day as I cycled beneath some trees stuffed full of white squabbling parrots/ gallahs settling down to roost for the night! The whole tree just came alive! Reminded me of some of Quentin Blake’s parrot drawings.. They make me smile too!
Anyway.. This little lot are a few of the weird and wonderful trees that I have encountered over the last few days, whilst exploring Australia.. I wonder what they will inspire?
Maybe some more drawings like this one, which has gone on to become the cover of a book..