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
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.
Visting Broome has become for me like breathing. This private space brought many opportunites for conversation and sharing. The Eclectus Parrots kept me company and threw down the feather challenge. 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
I would like to thank Marilynne Paspaley for facilitating this residency which covered 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.