Author: Christopher Strong

Gumnuts cracking open

It’s September and I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt for the first time since maybe February. It’s not quite warm enough for it with a cool breeze cutting through the morning sunshine, but I didn’t dress for the weather. I just wanted to feel like I could get away with

Bottlebrush buds

I walk the street without any planned route or purpose except to be out of the house, avoid getting close to people and keep an eye on the time to ensure I’m back within an hour. It’s something I’ve been doing for months, but it still doesn’t feel quite right

Group Exhibition – State of Disaster

Despite being in a rather strict Covid-19 lockdown, I am participating in a very unique style of exhibition that could only exist at this time and place.  State of DisasterSeptember 6 – 20 2020Kensington, VictoriaCo-curated by Rute Chaves and Tameka Carter If you’re in Kensington or within 5km, you can

Practice painting – thoughts on searching for an echidna

During my last outings into the Australian bush (before my city was put in lock down) I was fixated on spotting an echidna. I know they are around where I’m walking because I can see their scratching in the ground where they’ve been using their tiny paws to dig for

Virtual exhibition – Encounters with Australian Nature

Throughout 2019 and 2020 I’ve been working on a series of paintings which I planned to exhibit in the art space at City Library, Melbourne, in spring. It’s been fun sharing these works one by one online to a small audience, but I had a plan to bring them together

Spinning blue gum in the kitchen

I amble down the corridor, my head still full of sleep and dreams. Throughout the night I had dreamed a lot of the usual nonsense, but I also remember my nanna had appeared. Her memory reminds me of cosy, warm nights at her house when I was younger and it

SOLO exhibition in 2021

A public and free exhibition of my work is scheduled to be held in the Melbourne City Library public gallery during spring 2021. The exhibition will feature recent works that depict Australian nature accompanied by written memories of how I found them. I will post more information as the date

Wise Corella

I’m standing in a gravel parking bay beside a country road in Victoria. I stopped here because I wanted to look at a monument, but I spent more time buying mixed lollies from the neighbouring general store. As I enjoy the childish, sweet delight of a caramel bud, I lean

Neighbourhood gumnut gathering

Local gumnuts

It’s autumn and I know the sun is setting earlier, but I still have time to take a longer route on my walk home before I am confined inside for the night. I turn down a street I rarely go down because there is no reason for me to ever

Me and UooUoo for the Royal Children’s Hospital – Part 1

In early 2020 I was selected as one of 100 artists who would participate in the Royal Children’s Hospital 150th Anniversary art trail. We were commissioned to each paint a statue of a UooUoo, a mythical creature kind of like a friendly wombat of prehistoric proportions, in our own unique

Wallaby standing still

Wallaby standing still in the Grampians

I’m looking up at an ochre and charcoal cliff face that over time has been shaped and smoothed by the winds rolling up the mountain side. I can’t see down into the valley from here because the other side of the path is lined with foliage about two meters high.

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