Exploring Nicholls, November 2022
Oil on canvas board
50cm x 40cm x 0.3cm
I’ve gone past Percival Hill (I had no idea it was called Percival) so many times in my car on the way somewhere else. It was therefore pleasing to stop and make it my destination to explore one afternoon in early summer.
The ever-lasting daisies and Capeweed blooming created a nice contrast to the pinky greys of the Crace roof tops and the dark green pine planation (so representative of the suburban fringe around Canberra remembered from my childhood). The Stadium and Black Mountain in the distance rounded out the view nicely. I also liked the slightly scuffed haziness of the sky. Although, that and the pink in the roofs, were my additions as the roofs were boringly, more a grey, grey. I hate that faux sophistication of a grey suburb. Pink is more chic, in my opinion.
Exploring Nicholls was the name that my phone came up with for the group of photos that I took that day, so I decided to go with it as the name for this painting.