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First Life / Jumrum

Jumrum Creek painting
First Life / Jumrum
2010
Jumrum Creek, Kuranda QLD
Acrylic on canvas
30"x40"
Rudi Pauli Collection

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What was I thinking!

After seeing the 3D movie Avatar in Cairns. I was driving back up the mountain to Kuranda, up through the lush wet tropics and I started to notice the real world as a spectacle, I was seeing it for the first time, again!

The painting is of Jumrum Creek, which winds through the backyard of my friends property.
I lived on the grassy bank in my camper-van beside the creek when I first moved to Kuranda.

Lines on my mind:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
(From "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost)

And:

Winter has given them gold for silver
To stain their water
and bladed green for brown
to line their banks
(From Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers)

And the song "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" from "In Rainbows" by Radiohead:

In the deepest ocean
The bottom of the sea
Your eyes
They turn me

Why should I stay here?
Why should I stay?

Iíd be crazy not to follow
Follow where you lead
Your eyes
They turn me

Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
Yeah everybody leaves
If they get the chance
And this is my chance

I get eaten by the worms
And weird fishes
Picked over by the worms
And weird fishes
Weird fishes
Weird fishes

Yeah I
Iíll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape
And I
Iíll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape