As a traveling artist on solo adventures around Australia, I’m often inspired by new surroundings. In August 2017, I was housesitting for over three weeks, looking after a beautiful cat at a five-acre property at Brooloo, Queensland. I collected fabrics which I was sorting for upcoming workshops that I was going to attend and suddenly thought “why am I using other fabrics, I have the time to do my own.” So, I drove 120 kilometres to buy a load of white cotton fabric, washed and dried it, set up a table on the outside patio area with a drop sheet under, and undertook to paint sixty designs at various sizes. I took a different approach to previously, I had never directly hand painted. After that first brush stroke I was on fire! I came up with ideas and designs I had not previously done. I worked continuously each day, sometimes till after dark, when I had mosquito coils burning. Some days were hot, some windy enough to tape things down. I had to move the table as the sun moved on me and the fabric. I was saving curious insects from wet paint, which were landing as I was hand painting. A wild cat would visit on dusk and cause my cat to pounce. I was in my element and hope my first collection, with FreeSpirit, Art Excursion, inspires you as much as it moved me.
by Denise Burkitt
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