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The Window

Written while living at West Beach (c. 1983-1986)
Reflections on the creek at Barrat Reserve
The creek that runs within Barratt Reserve at West Beach, South Australia.
Photographed in 1984-5.

Down at the creek in the morning – a beautiful, clear and peaceful autumn morning. There is new growth all around. Glistening water lying still and flat, perfection and at ease, freedom. A marvellous simple window to a mysterious world of reversed space, movement and deep colours. There are rich cool colours in the shadowed and half-shadowed areas, with plenty of ochres and golds lying in the sun. The clear blue sky overhead is reflected as deep blues and purples.

Such a beautifully cool gentle breeze – providing soft, delicate movements.

A school of small red fish bubble the surface of the water. The sounds are crisp and clear. The sun feels warm through my shirt.

It’s all so easy, and so peaceful for me – so enjoyable – so simple. I can smell the soil I’m sitting on. I can smell rich creek smells, and smell grasses warming in the sun. Everything is so clear and easy, and all happening together, happening now.

It is a foolish person who thinks they can take all of this for granted. It is true adventure to look around and see what is here. It is bloody marvellous! A beautiful experience.


The Window
A sketch from my notebook that accompanied the above writing.

 


Creek at West Beach

Creek at West Beach

Approx. 66 cm x 46 cm, oil on stretched paper.

Painted entirely on-site, in Barratt Reserve at West Beach.

 


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