McAlpine House Collection 2017

Frangipani Falling 32 x22 cm USP ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Falling 32 x22 cm USP ©Nada Murphy

Tall palms soar upward

The sun catching shafts of vertical light

And there is a peaceful moment

Sitting under the old tamarind tree

Keeping this country company

Some hundred years now

Reminding that there is time for balance

And new energy in each afternoon

NJM  12 May 2017

My time at McAlpine House May 10 to June 7 2017 brought space and opportunity for contemplation.

The gardens established by Lord Alistair McAlpine during the time of his residence in Broome provided a soft dappled light with palms, frangipani and  the shelter of  the old "far away" tamarind tree. Quite a contrast to the open plains of the Kimberley and the beaches that extend up the coast that are familiar.

The Eclectus Parrots kept me company and threw down the feather challenge.

The desiccated Franginpani flowers strewn around the garden triggered a visual calligraphy.

Travelling with water soluble pencils and a small device to print with the Mc Alpine series is a collection of various works expressing these moments.

Enjoy this collection

Eclectus Red Water soluble pen on paper ©Nada Murphy Private Collection
Eclectus Blue & Green Water soluble pen on paper 27 x 36 cm unframed ©Nada Murphy
Eclectus Purple Water soluble pen on paper 27 x 36 cm unframed ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Calligraphy I  
50x 50 cm
Water soluble pen in Paper
©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Calligraphy I 50x 50 cm Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Calligraphy II 50x 50 cm Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Calligraphy II 50x 50 cm Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Fallen Fragipani I 28x 30 cm Card mount Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Fallen Fragipani I 28x 30 cm Card mount Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Boab Study Water Soluble Pen on Paper 28 x36 cm Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Boab Study Water Soluble Pen on Paper 28 x36 cm Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Gija Country Water soluble Pen on Paper 19 x28 Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Gija Country Water soluble Pen on Paper 19 x28 Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Faraway Tree 28x 30 cm card mount Ink on paper ©Nada Murphy
Faraway Tree 28x 30 cm Ink on paper ©Nada Murphy
Fallen Fragipani Ii 28x 30 cm Card mount Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Fallen Fragipani Ii 28x 30 cm Card mount Water soluble pen in Paper ©Nada Murphy
Eclectus Feather USP Hand coloured print 32 x 31 cm card mount ©Nada Murphy
Crab Gouache 25 x 32 cm Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Leaves 32 x22 cm USP ©Nada Murphy
Frangipani Leaves 32 x22 cm USP ©Nada Murphy
Mercedes Cove Water soluble Pen on Paper 19 x28 Unframed ©Nada Murphy
Mercedes Cove Water soluble Pen on Paper 19 x28 Unframed ©Nada Murphy

I would  like to thank Marilynne Paspaley for facilitating this residency to include several aspects:

  • Shinju Fringe Artist House Trail May 12-14
  • Cable Beach Polo 2017
  • A new body of works on paper referencing the house and garden
  • Participating in the day to day working of the house
  • Exhibiting a selection of more than 30 Kimberley paintings

The original buildings of “McAlpine House” were constructed in about 1910.

This historic Broome residence originally the home of Pearling Master Herbert Kennedy is also known as the home of Lord McAlpine.

The premises is now operating as small private hotel with delightful verandah where the art work was  shown.

Polo on Cable Beach Gouache ©Nada Murphy Private Collection