Ron McBrunie
exhibition
Trees and Views
13 September – 11 October 2014
ink and water drawings

The ink and watercolour drawings in the Tree and Views series of work focuses on images of trees and different views the artist witnessed on travels in Australia and France. They were made en plein air between 2009 and 2014 and represent a continuation of McBurnie’s more romantic etchings in the type of marks and imagery used. A couple were completed in the studio but most began and ended their life cycle outside.

For some time McBurnie had been searching for an approach to drawing similar to the way he drew lines into an etching plate. Although enjoying his experiences of working en plein air the resulting surface quality of acrylic paint was not satisfactory. It was not until on a trip to a small village in south-west France in 2009 that the artist used fountain pens and watercolour for the first. As soon as he began to draw lines with the fountain pen he found an affinity with the medium and knew the direction he could take his work. He also discovered handmade ink from America that came in the colours and tonalities he required and that possessed strong light fast properties.

Trees and Views represents places in the landscape special to the artist, which he continues to revisit to draw inspiration from. In many ways these special places possess no more and no less beauty or importance than other places in the landscape that one might journey to but by continually visiting them they become familiar and important. They are like old friends that we visit from time to time. On each visit we understand a little bit more about them and the way we have changed since we last met.

1 Oad study 1

1 Oak Study 1, Alayrac, France (2009)
ink and watercolour on paper 23.0 x 31.0 cm
signed and dated in pen verso

2 Oaks in rain

2 Oaks in Rain, Alayrac, France (2009)
ink and watercolour on paper 23.0 x 31.0 cm
signed and dated in pen lower left and titled verso

3 Pandanas Moffat Beach

3 Pandanas Moffat Beach (2011)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed lower left in pen

4 From Pie Creek Fields

4 Pie creek fields (2011)
ink and watercolour on paper 23.0 x 31.0 cm
signed and dated lower left in pen

5 Looking west from Pie Creek

5 Looking west from Pie creek (2010)
ink and watercolour on paper 23.0 x 31.0 cm
signed and dated lower left in pen and verso titled

6 Oldest tree

6 Oldest tree on the Bathurst side of the Range (2013)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

7 Maneela station home

7 Maneela Station Homestead (2013)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right and verso

8 Old tree Canberra

8 Old Tree Canberra (2013)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right and verso

9 old tree in mist

9 Old tree in mist (2013)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

10 winter tree

10 Winter tree in mist (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

11 rainforest longlands

11 Rainforest Longland’s’ Gap (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

13 Oak tree haberfield

12 Raintrees in summer (2013)
ink on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

13 Oak tree haberfield

13 Oak Tree Haberfield (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

q14 Ross river trees

14 Ross River Trees (2013)
ink and watercolour on paper36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen and verso

15 Gotak road 2

15 Gotak Road rivers end (2013-14)
ink and watercolour on paper 36.0 x 51.0 cm
signed lower right in pen and verso signed, dated and titled

16 under the mango tree

16 Under the Mango Trees 2014
ink on paper 46.0 x 61.0 cm
signed and dated lower left in pen
titled verso ‘Mango trees Ross River Townsville’

17 Old tree study 1

17 Old tree study 1 (2012)
ink and watercolour c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

18 Old tree study 2

18 Old tree study 2 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

19 Old tree study 3

19 Old tree study 3 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

20 Old tree study 4

20 Old tree study 4 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

21 Old tree study 5

21 Old tree study 5 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm

22 old tree study 6

22 Old tree study 6 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower left in pen

23 old tree study 7

23 Old tree study 7 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

24 Old tree study 8

24 Old tree study 8 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower middle

25 Old tree study 9

25 Old tree study 9 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190 cm
signed and dated lower right in pen

26 Old tree study 10

26 Old tree study 10 (2012)
ink and watercolour on paper c. 140 x 190cm
signed and dated lower left in pen