Wednesday, 26th of October 2016 saw six members of D.A.S. bravely set off to travel the highways and byways to the fearsome forests of Collie and conquer, in paint, the raging Collie River. Three members, unable to face the potential rigours, sent in sick-leave notices!
Steve, Diana, Anna, Barbara, Margaret and Phyllis set off gamely, while Laurel, Ann and Wendy languished in their sick beds. The road was delightful, winding through Capel, Boyanup, Dardanup, and Gnomesville to The Rapids south of the Wellington Weir wall. Several misplacements and minor panics occurred with Phyllis mistaking Boyanup for Dardanup and imagining they had been going round in circles; Steve haring off to an unknown destination following the wrong white car; and Phyllis, once again the culprit, leading all astray on the way home because she had forgotten exactly where she was! However, the longer trip along the Coalfields Highway was rewarding with magnificent views of the coast from Rolands Hill. The ambience was such that the ocean looked like molten silver in the afternoon light.
The forests around Wellington Dam are beautiful and the heavy winter rains have allowed for plenty of water to flow along the river below the dam wall. The original destination, The Rapids, although exceedingly picturesque had to be abandoned, as the toilet block was closed so Honeymoon Pool became the painting destination. It was very tranquil, unlike the water rushing and gurgling among the boulders of The Rapids.
Lunch was a communal affair discussing wide-ranging topics from the immediate concerns of painting en plein air to lacking or losing a sense of direction, which was quite apropos considering Phyllis’s tendencies to lead everyone astray! Our presence was appreciated by the Pacific Black ducks, which kept us company. Anna and Diana’s sandwiches were so delectable both ladies were assaulted by ducks attempting to steal their lunch!
En plein air excursions are very rewarding. The interaction between artists, the understanding and appreciation of the site and the use of equipment in unfamiliar surroundings all lead to a deeper comprehension of our all-consuming passion to paint and draw.
Photos by Anna & Phyllis. Text by Phyllis