Sunday, 28 October 2007

Weaving Light by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Weaving Light
Painting sc0009
15x30cm approx
Acrylic on card

On the island of Bali, beautiful handweaving is still done by the locals as a form of income.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Night Horse by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Night Horse
Painting sc 0002
40x100cm approx
Mixed Media on board

Window Dove by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Window Dove
Painting sc 0001
mixed on card
A dove settles on a windowsill in a church in Ravena, Italy.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Cool Glow by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Cool Glow
Painting 73
acrylic on canvas

The cool morning sunlight shimmers on the salt lake of Lake Grace, WA.

Rocky Bay by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Rocky Bay
Painting 72/2007
acrylic on canvas

Rocky outcrops on a beach east of Hopetoun,Western Australia

Stable Sisters by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Sisters
Painting 29
mixed media
Three horses sharing a stable in Capadocia, Turkey.

The Estuary by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

The Estuary
Painting 71/2007
acrylic on canvas
As the tide comes in near Broome, WA, the estuary fills.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Searching 2 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Painting 70/2007
acrylic on canvas

Pukeko in the grass facing left

Searching 1 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Searching 1
Painting 69
acrylic on canvas

birds searching in the grasses

Sundown Search by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Sundown Search
Painting 67
acrylic on canvas

Tides out, near Rangatoto

Matamata Inlet by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Matamata Inlet
Painting 66
acrylic on canvas

Grasses on the edge of the inlet, boulders submerged in water that reflects the colours of its surrounds.

Sunset Scape by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Sunset Scape
Painting 64
acrylic on canvas

smoke filled sky creates a soft gentle, mystical landscape

Out There 2 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Out There 2
Painting 65/2007
acrylic on canvas

stillness and tranquillity on the lakes edge

Out There1 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Out There 1
Painting 63/2007
acrylic on canvas

a bird stands silently keeping watch

Cool Change by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Cool Change
Painting 62
acrylic on card

Cool breeze blows across the lowlands.

Sand Dunes by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Sand Dunes
Painting 61/2007
mixed media on card

Sand dunes in the North Island of New Zealand

Inspired by Nature - Te Paki Sand Dunes in the North Island NZ

Mallee Tree by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Mallee Tree
Painting 60
mixed media on card

A lonely mallee tree precariously stands on the edge of a salt lake

Sunglow by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Painting 59/2007
mixed media on card
deep valley with sun beaming through

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Salt Lake by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Salt Lake
Painting 56
mixed media on wood
The salt lakes near Lake King are spreading as a result of clearing the land of mallee trees.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Hanging Rock by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Hanging Rock
Painting 50/2007
acrylic on card
Walga Rock, covered in aboriginal paintings is hidden off the main track near Mt Magnet, Western Australia.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Red Sunrise by Carollyn RhodesThompson

Red Sunset
Painting 49/2007
acrylic on card
The warm easterly winds drop and the colour blankets the land as the sun is setting.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Sunset Scape by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Sunset Scape
Painting 31/2007
acrylic on canvas
The hazy skies block the harsh sunlight as the sun sets.

Sunset Lake by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Sunset Lake
Painting 47/2007
acrylic on card
The warm easterly breeze dries the grasses as summer approaches.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Mountain Light by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Mountain Light
Painting 35/2007
acrylic on card
The silhouette of a horse gallops through the sunlight.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Stable Star by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Star
Painting 25/2007
mixed media on card
A star shines through the small window in the stable.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Fiona by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Painting 39/2007
acrylic on canvas
Fiona lays naked on the floor.

Stable Bird by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Bird
Painting 24/2007
mixed media on card
A bird flys into the stable to rest upon the horses back.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Night Watch by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Night Watch
Acrylic on board
search light coming around into Mansion Bay

Lake Edge Trees by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Lake Edge Trees
Painting 13/2007
Acrylic on card
trees are dying as a result of high salinity levels

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Stable Views by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Views
Painting 27/2007
Mixed media on card
horse under a window in a watercolour background

Stable Glow by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Glow
Painting 23/2007
Mixed media on card
bright coloured blanket on horseback in the glow of an orange moon

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Riding RaceHorses

Horses have always been a part of my life in one way or another, either in the physical or in my mind.

My contact with them was minimal but I had times where I really connected and enjoyed being with them. Talking, feeding, patting, washing and grooming . I love touching the soft outer part of the mouth, with the contrast of the prickly whiskers and the short soft fur.

As a teenager I spent my weekends with my cousins Tommy and Michael, cleaning out Smirks' stables and feeding the horses so that I could earn a trail ride.

My cousins who both eventually became professional rodeo riders, gave me enough tips to at least stay on.

We would ride into the bush lands around the bottom of the hills near Maddington where we could canter and gallop over the fields, dodging trees, through waterholes and over the odd natural jump that would suddenly and unexpectedly loom.

I remember going down to the horse beach near Fremantle where I was able to ride a magnificent 20 hand high horse, bareback, in the ocean. The horse was at peak fitness, ready for the trots, so he was very strong rearing to go. Michael cupped his hands and gave me a leg up onto the high back of this amasing creature. I sat there feeling in awe of this beast. I placed the reins in my hands and took control. He walked proudly into the water up to his girth at which he decided that he didn't want to be there. Even though I held the reins strongly, he had a hard mouth and didn't respond to me. He clumsily crab walked sideways out of the water and onto the beach, as I was holding on tight and pulling the reins tight in the opposite direction still trying to keep him in the water and then....
He took off along the beach, with me on top...

I was terrified as we sped along, pounding the sandy beach in a pacing gate, the rocks looming rapidly. I had to pull him up...and I didn't know how. I hung on tightly to both the reins and the mane, praying that he would stop. The sand was looking pretty hard at that moment. I pushed my ankles into the horses underbelly fearing that I would slide to one side and fall off.

I could hear Michael yelling, "hang on!!!".

Just metres short of the rocks, the horses front legs began to stiffen, braking in the sand and at the same time, his head jurked forward down towards the sand. As the reins tightened and slipped out of my grip they slid down out of my reach. I could feel myself lurching forward, but I was determined to stay on. Again I gripped with my feet and sat back high, still holding on to the mane with both hands, keeping my balance. As he came to a complete halt, I felt relieved and at the same time very excited. I was still on his back. As I walked him back to the others who had been standing watching, I held onto the wet mane, sliding off to the safety of the sand.

I was back the next day, cleaning the stables!

Stable Moon by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Stable Moon

Painting 22/2007
Mixed media on card
a horses mane and back, glowing in the bright light

Three in Time by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Three in Time
Acrylic on canvas
three horses in a line

Friday, 5 October 2007

Inlet Tide by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Inlet Tide
Painting 12/2007
Acrylic on canvas
rocky outcrops in the water landscape

Golden Sunset by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Golden Sunset
Painting 11/2007
Acrylic on card
salt lake country

Stormy by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Painting 10/2007
Mixed media on card
wind in the grass

Night Search by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Night Search
Painting 09/2007
Acrylic on board
birds searching in the dark night

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Figure in Landscape by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Figure in Landscape

Painting 16 /2007
Acrylic on card
Inspiration from iceskating

Pink Lake 2 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Pink Lake 2

Painting 21/2007
acrylic on card

The shimmering light gentle on the salt lake.

Pink Lake 1 by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

Pink Lake 1
Painting 20/2007
acrylic on card
The sunlight shimmers across Pink Lake.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007