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Day 6 of 30 – Steiglitz Cottage

Steiglitz Cottage (2)

“Steiglitz Cottage”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

I keep coming back to this cottage.

Those of you who have been following my art for some time will know I first painted the cottages out at Steiglitz in an episode of the TV show ‘Plein Air Painting TV’

Then when we did the next TV show ‘Yes You Can Paint’ I painted out their again.

I took a group plein air painting out there, and have painted numerous versions of this cottage over the last couple of years from photos.

For those of you who don’t know Steiglitz … its an old (mostly) abandoned gold mining town in the Brisbane Ranges between Geelong and Ballarat.

In its day when gold was easily mined it was a boom town. Today little remains except for a few cottages and a couple of old churches.

So what is it about this old cottage?

I think its the mystery, the story and the history.

When you see an old cottage like this that is steeped in history don’t you just want to know who lived there, what their lives where like, what happened to them?

I am sure like many homes it had its up’s and downs, good times and bad, triumphs and tragedies.

One thing is certain … those who built in it and lived in the area are long gone while the cottage remains … home to another family.

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Day 4 of 30 – Old Australian Farmhouse

Old house

“Old Man’s House”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

Day 4 of the Leslie Saeta Challenge running at her Slices of Life blog.

Well and truly back home now and back into the swing of things … having a clean up day and preparing for the new year ahead.

This painting is of the old man’s house who lived across from me when I was kid growing up in Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges.

Back then it was very much a bush location and it seemed that everything was overgrown. The old man’s house across the road was no exception … the bush was starting to reclaim it.

We were never really certain if someone lived there or not … though we did see an occasional glimpse of him and occasionally the light would turn on.

I often wonder today about that old man and what his life was like. As a kid you don’t appreciate that someone might be old and lonely and need help.

As my theme for this challenge is ‘At Home In Australia’ I wanted to highlight not only the happy life many of us have but also the lives lived by many less fortunate.

Do you have older folks living near by who are all alone? Why not drop in today and say hi and see if you can help them in anyway.

Note: If you want to follow along each day of the 30 day challenge then enter your email on the right hand side where it says ‘Get Blog Updates’. You will then need to confirm your email. Once you do you will then get an email notification each time I post a new painting to the blog.

Remember to click on the link above to bid on the eBay auction for this painting

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