As the captain of the aircraft announced our final descent and cabin lights came on, puffy-faced, disoriented travelers were blinking their sleepy eyes open and massaging their necks and stiff joints from sleeping on an airplane for hours. I had been awake. For someone who can sleep like a rock usually, this was a sure way of telling that I was both anxious and excited. We were about to land in a place I’d never been. We were about to land in Sydney, Australia!!
As our plane dashed through the big white fluffy clouds, glimmers of the Pacific Ocean in the Southern Hemisphere were one of the most beautiful sites I had ever seen. This surprised me because I typically find the ocean to be a bit daunting, and not very romantic (at all) as so many often say that it is. But in that moment, I understood; Paired with the perfectly blue sky and cotton-like clouds, it was phenomenally beautiful. I began seeing large ships that looked like tiny toys from the plane’s elevation, and eventually little sail boats could be spotted, too. I imagined scenes from the movie “Australia” in my head. As we drew closer to land, the Sydney Opera house appeared like a flash on a screen. Australia was already nothing like I imagined it to be. It was picturesque in every way. Not that I didn’t think that it would be, but just that it was so much more so than I could’ve even imagined!
I remember looking at my Australian-born and raised husband, Alex, thinking, “you never told me it was this gorgeous!!!” I may have even said that aloud as I was grinning ear to ear with excitement. I had pictured it to be like California, a place very near and dear to me, and a place I consider one of the most beautiful places in the world, but Australia was its own special beauty.
Our trip was nearly three-weeks long, and while I have many small sketches and paintings, both complete and on my list to “to complete”, as Spring approached this year, in the USA, I kept thinking about the “Spring” we spent in Australia (which was actually November, but it’s their spring season.) I decided to include a bit of Australia in my Spring Collection because “Australia” was a new beginning and it felt fresh to me, like Spring is. I chose to paint the ocean because it was the first thing I saw there, and remains the one of my most vivid memories of our time there.
To see the rest of my Spring Collection, you can view them in them in my shop by clicking here!