Friday, November 11, 2016

Forest thinking

Last weekend I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) members, on their Excursion No.9, to a Farm Forestry property in Kin Kin. Looking at and walking in the forest areas, planted from six years ago to present, was very inspiring. My Thanks to Mark and Pam for opening their property to us and to Stephanie and NICA for organising another informative day.

In collaboration with Noosa and District Landcare (with council support, workshops, grant funding and hard work), Mark and Pam have transformed the health and viability of their property. The benefits of change extend far beyond their own land. With land slippage areas stabilised and connected wildlife corridors established, these trees contribute to healthy environment for the broader catchment community and future generations.

I've been reading Robert MacFarlane's book Landmarks; he speaks about the way we mark land and how it marks us. It's the trees I gravitate to, so his quote of Wade Davis resonates for me "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind". My language being visual.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Noosa National Park - Headland

I feel fortunate to have spent time over the weekend in Noosa National Park - Headland section, soaking up the magnificent Hoop Pine trees and surrounding vine forest. It's a treasure to have this environment on the coast and easily accessible to residents and visitors.
The conservation of Noosa National Park has quite a story. Plaques in the parks entry visitor area give a brief account of those involved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Redland Art Awards 2016

'Life on the edge - Synergy score (Wynnum mangroves)' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour and gouache on Stonehenge paper with cut outs. 105 x 152cm framed size. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I'm delighted to be exhibiting in the Redland Art Awards 2016, along with my peers from across Australia. Now celebrating its 30th year the competition is presented at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16th  October to 27th November 2016.
Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists, presented by Redland Art Gallery.

My work speaks about the value of healthy environment. Painted plein air on-site in sections, over the course of a day, and completed in my studio; Life on the edge – Synergy score acknowledges the rhythms of life experienced in a coastal habitat. Every day we engage with the natural world around us, in our breath, body and mind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kin Kin Creek: Re-Forest

The third stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was for lunch and a walk at the property of Geoff and his brother Andrew at Kin Kin Creek Eastern Branch. Geoff and Andrew spoke about the history of land use on their property and their work to re-vegetate. The passion and hours invested by landholders has a significant impact on soil stabilisation and soil run-off into Kin Kin Creek, highlighting the benefits of Acting Locally. I chose the creek walk, meandering in shade cast by Blue Quandong, Foam Bark, Bunya Pine and many more trees; with the clear waters bubbling along.

Big Thanks to Geoff and Andrew for inviting us to their property and speaking about their passion.

Our final stop for the day was at Kin Kin Arboretum. The re-introduction of the site as a place of education and living history was driven by the inspiration of a few local members of the Noosa and District Landcare Group and the generosity of the previous Noosa Shire Council.

The reserve was dedicated in honour of William Douglas Francis, his family were pioneer residents of the area and he went on to become a noted botanist. The threatened species section of the arboretum is dedicated to Herb Schnitzerling who instigated the planting of this section.

We had a walk around the established tracks through re-vegetation areas and the rare and threatened species section. I'll be headed back to spend more time in this living collection and take a wander in the 50+ year old Hoop Pine plantation.

Big thanks to Phillip Moran, Noosa and District Landcare, for identifying and pointing out species of interest. And apologies for calling you Steve at the end!

And special thanks to Tony and Stephanie from NICA for driving me around for the day and organising such an informative and enjoyable excursion.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'Keeping it in Kin Kin' - LIDAR

Our second stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was a tree planted site along Kin Kin creek at Leggetts Loop. Steve and Phil from Noosa and District Landcare spoke about work in the area.
The 'Keeping it in Kin Kin' project aims at keeping Kin Kin's soils in place. One of the specific activities of the project is identifying areas within the Kin Kin catchment impacted by soil loss. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses an aerial near infra-red laser to map landform topography. Data collected in 2009 and 2016 was superimposed and processed, to identify areas with a surface change of more than one metre in depth. Areas are then prioritised for remediation work.

We walked through part of the site planted in July this year, taking in the view of hundreds of seedlings. Each tree is propagated by the Landcare team and consists of rainforest and eucalypt regional ecosystem species. I look forward to returning to this site in future and seeing its growth.

A series of Community workshops and engagement are another specific activity of the project. A big Thank you to Steve and Phil for their informative talk.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kin Kin Creek - Wahpunga School Park

On Saturday I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) for their 20th Anniversary Catchment Excursion No. 8. We began the day near Kin Kin Creek at Wahpunga School Park, a site of tree planting and creek bank stabilisation begun in the early 1990's by Landcare. Twenty five years on the trees create a dense microcosm with welcome shade. The tranquil pools and gentle flow of the creek gives little indication of the flood events that occur in this area. It was interesting to see the mature results of a stabilisation project.

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Instagram site

Do you enjoy Instagram? If so you can find my page @nicolamossart
I'll be posting in-studio and progress images of new works, along with some of my favourite installations and completed artworks.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Life on the edge

Yesterday I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc.), Friends of Kinaba and Noosa Parks Association members on the NICA 20th Anniversary Catchment Excursion No.5 to Kinaba Visitor Information Centre on Lake Cootharaba. It was a great day and experience for me, sailing across Lake Cootharaba, with it's mirror-like waters in the morning, then wind rippled under sail afternoon return. Thank you Charlie and Ada for taking  me onboard.

The excursion brought together community members of the Noosa region to celebrate the values of Lake Cootharaba-Kin Kin Creek Catchment and Cooloola . Guest speakers - John Olds, from Queensland Marine Parks, and Steve Price, Principal Ranger Sunshine Coast QPWS - gave insightful talks about the unique values of Lake Cootharaba, Noosa Biosphere Reserve, the Noosa River catchment and community volunteer support. The conversations and ideas shared on these days are important I think to how communities imagine and value the future for healthy environments.
I'm very excited to be working on my Life on the edge project in the Noosa region, with a solo exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery opening in September 2017.

Thank you to NICA and Friends of Kinaba for making me feel so welcome and sharing your thoughts.

Views from the mangrove boardwalk near Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Currimundi Lake Art Camp

Last week I joined friends for two days at an Art Camp at Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast. The landscape is varied with surf beach, Currimundi Lake inlet and surrounding conservation park. Working with watercolours plein air in a sheltered setting surrounded by bird song, was sensory indulgence.
Now back in the studio, the small paintings are being layered with further energy and pieced together. Thanks to Jen, Rachael, Anita, Helena and Donna. Photo above courtesy of Helena.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

City and Nature - European style

Stunning magnolia trees in parks and streets throughout France and Italy.

Milan - green living.

Street trees, Lyon.

I'm fortunate to have been on holidays the last few weeks travelling in France and Italy. Photographing city gardens, green spaces, the old and new of 'green buildings' and internal gardens while wandering the streets.

This looked familiar to me as perhaps the 21st century version of Durer's painting - 'The large piece of turf', in a concrete planter, Lyon.

And below green living in the old city, Milan.