Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spring Garden season


Perhaps my favourite thing about leaving the city and doing a 'tree change' has to be the continual inspiration of having a rambling country garden to plant and nurture (and paint of course...) I'm part of a committee organising an on-going series of Open Gardens in my local district - the first of which is taking place in November in Rushworth, North-Central Victoria. Our weekly meetings generally end up being entertaining discussions about plants and gardening rather than strictly following an agenda!
I took these photos at one of the local gardens that will be featured on the Saturday. I love the colour palette of reds, purples, yellows and whites, and those poppies were stunning in real life. I remember this house from my high school days - back then it was rented by a few young P.E and Maths teachers and featured waist height grass and a couple of scraggly pepper trees! Now the garden is planted with a great mix of drought tolerant native and exotic species, from cottage garden favourites through to native bird attracting grevilleas and wildflowers endemic to the area. I have included a couple of the local wildflowers on my poster design for the event - the yellow everlasting daisy and billy button.













Thursday, September 4, 2014

The bush in bloom

Over the next few months the Box-Ironbark forest around Rushworth, Whroo and Gobarup puts on a wonderful and ever-changing display of wildflowers. The jet black, fluted trunks of ironbark, rising like columns from quartzy ground provide an attractive contrast to the many colourfully flowering shrubs such as Grevillea, Acacia and Hibbertia species - and a wealth of terrestrial orchids. Time to get the sketchbook out!


Rosy Heath-myrtle Baeckea ramosissima


Whirrakee Wattle Acacia hakeoides


Small Crowea Crowea Exalata


Cypress Daisy Bush Olearia teretifolia


Spiky Guinea Flower Hibbertia exutiacies


Fairy Wax-flower Eriostemon verrucosus


Dainty Phebalium Phebalium festivum



Pink Beard-heath Styphelia ericoides


Prickly Cryptandra Cryptandra tomentosa


Mint Bush Prostanthera denticulata


Twiggy Bush-pea Pultenaea largiflorens


Fringe-myrtle Calytrix tetragona


Wax-lip orchid Glossodia major


Yam-daisy Microseris scapigera




Cypress Daisy, wattle and box gums

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Painted from the garden


A section of a large textile repeat inspired by the native foliage collected from my garden and around the farm yard. Wattles, grevillea, hakea, eucalyptus, callistemon and lilly pillies all make an appearance in this watercolour design.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New on-line shop - Society 6


My Society6 Shop is now open for business! 
You can find a selection of colourful prints for the kitchen, bedroom, lounge and office, tote bags, cards, cushions, wall clocks and iPhone cases at http://society6.com/natalieryan
Society6 products can be shipped worldwide too, and they regularly offer free shipping periods.









Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Misty morning

The farmyard was shrouded in a fine mist that lasted until midday. Winter has arrived!








Monday, June 2, 2014