Pink Sky at Dawn - El Nino

Coco Elder Coco Elder


Dimensions: 120 x 150 cm

Medium: oil on board carved

Description:
This painting is looking back up America Bay Creek in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Once the bush fires had been down this track, many of the more secluded swimming holes had been exposed, so I went on an adventure up the creek to find a less exposed niche. This was also a time before the long awaited rain. Whilst there was still water in the creek beds the Summer heat was gradually evaporating it. Hence part of the title – Pink Sky at Dawn – allude to the saying “Pink Sky at Dawn, Sheperd’s mourn” – usually alluding to rain coming and therefore shepherd’s are sorrowful. However, the 2nd part of the title – El-Nino refers to the dry period and the irony with the longing for rain. The pink is reflected in the distant trees and the heat further reiterated in the surrounding sandstone rocks. The Australian bush is nonetheless resilient in this weather.

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