Kangaroo Island – an artist’s paradise

Escape to an island gives the impression that you’ve left all your worries behind. I hear that people fly virtually direct from NYC to Kangaroo Island for a few days of absolute peace in the wilderness. Life certainly looks worry-free at the luxury resort nestled into the rocky escarpment on the south coast. The journey there from the mainland is probably by helicopter.

I definitely prefer a ferry crossing. The view across Backstairs Passage back to the mainland is lovely. Worries never looked so good! The height of the bluff at the Cape Jervis end of the Fleurieu Peninsula takes the breath away.

This is a painting of an early morning crossing when seas were calm. The colours and patterns of the foam behind the ferry always keep me goggle-eyed. The camera helps out a lot here – it would be impossible to set up an easel on the back deck (and hold on) in all possible conditions.

Philippa Robert, South Australia, acrylic 2012

The painting below from 2008 was shown at my first solo show at Gallery M in Adelaide. Western River Cove on Kangaroo Island, South Australia is a lovely spot tucked well away on the north coast at the western end of the island. The road to the cove winds through red-soiled paddocks of scrub and pasture and suddenly dips down towards the river and ….. ah, The Sea!

Philippa Robert, acrylic

This is the sight in summer from a paddock overlooking the cove. It made a neat composition with its diagonals. I was excited by the colours of the creamy dry grass, the aqua sea (the sand is white white white) and the purplish grey rock on the opposite hill.

Kangaroo Island truly is an artist’s paradise. There are quite a few people proving the point and producing some top-notch work. If you are in Kingscote, don’t miss the gallery at Fine Art Kangaroo Island. If you are not nearby, visit the link!

I think the slogan for the tourism campaign is Let Yourself Go. It’s a bit rainy at the moment and a bit cold ….. but who knows?

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5 thoughts on “Kangaroo Island – an artist’s paradise

    1. Thanks for linking with my blog Steve. so glad you had such good support. The ambulance service is closely connected to my family over there. They are WONDERFUL people. As are all those support workers! Hope things are going well for you all. best wishes, Philippa

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