122 x 106 cms 2000
We lived close to the River Murray, where the river is down in a deep, eroded gully. The land around this lookout, just north of Murray Bridge, is dry, stony and grazed bare. I wanted to capture exactly that barrenness, up above a river flat scored with car and sheep tracks, by adding layers and layers of the mud and dead grass colour glazed over a paint base textured with sand and grit.
When I was well into it, however, it became obvious that I had to have trees to better define the ground plane. Unfortunately, the actual trees were particularly ugly pines, so I used these two from the top of Adelaide Hill, going down into Goolwa.