Australian Outback and other Australian landscape paintings in pastel and watercolour by Sian Butler. Free paintings to download, print and share.
June 2016. Sian is charting an exciting new course, turning her talents to seascape paintings. See the new “Australian Seascape Paintings 1” page.
Sian Butler – landscape and seascape artist
My mother, Sian Butler, is a world famous and highly accomplished artist, excelling in watercolour (perhaps the most difficult medium) as well as pastel and charcoal. Sian has mastered a wide variety of subject matter, and the Australian Outback and other Australian landscape scenes featured here are just a small fraction of her work (click on “Outback Paintings 2”, “Homestead Paintings”, “Australian Outback Church Paintings” and “Elephant Paintings” buttons above for more of her work). She has travelled extensively throughout Australia, and all around Australia, and the paintings are from first hand experiences.
Recently, (Jan 2015) this page has come up in second place on Google USA, (search terms “Australian Outback Paintings”) second only to the National Gallery of Australia, and number one for “Australian Outback pastel paintings”. This is a fitting and well-deserved result for all the effort Sian puts in to capture the essence of the Australian Outback. Sian’s Australian Homestead paintings are now first on Google USA.
Sian is very talented and is also a poet – see the pages “Australian Bush Poetry”.
For more about Sian, click on the “Australian Outback Paintings 2” button at the top of this page, and see “About the artist” near the bottom of that page.
Thanks also to my brother Bryan Clode, for photographing some of Sian’s paintings. Bryan is a nurse who works in the remotest parts of Australia, mainly in Aboriginal communities. He is an excellent photographer, and I am very pleased to say that you can now see some of Bryan’s brilliant Outback photos here: http://reforestation.me/photos-australian-outback-1/ . Also, for a stark contrast to the Australian Outback, see Bryan’s and my seascape photos at “Photos Tasmania”, at my other site https://reforestation.me
01/12/16: Bryan has taken some more and better photos of Sian’s paintings, which I hope to add as an additional choice in the near future.
AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK PAINTINGS
Inland Australia has a stark beauty, with a harsh climate, and rather than good and bad
years, it would be closer to the mark to say that there are good and bad decades. The men and women who attempt to farm in the Australian Outback are positively heroic.
The intense colours of the soils, rocks and sky have inspired many artists. Watercolour is well-suited to the softer light of Northern climes, while the fierce sunlight of Outback Australia is perhaps best captured with the vibrant colours and the dry and dusty texture of chalk pastels. Having said that, Australian artist Albert Namatjira produced wonderful Central Australian landscapes in watercolour, and British artist Margaret Evans brilliantly captures the atmosphere of Scotland in pastel.
When I look at Sian’s paintings I feel like I am there. I feel like I can walk into the painting and walk around the landscape.
People from some parts of the United States and some parts of Africa may see some similarities to where they live. Sian’s paintings are available for you to freely download and print for personal use, and to share and bless others, but do not sell them or use them for any commercial purpose – she retains full copyright.
Boab trees are most unusual looking trees. The Australian Boab Adansonia gregorii is related to the African Baobab Adansonia digitata, but most Adansonia species are found in Madagascar (11 species if I remember correctly). Perhaps seeds from a Madagascan species floated over to Australia, or perhaps seafaring people brought them here. In any event, Boabs are now an iconic part of the Australian Outback landscape. The similar-looking Bottle trees Brachychiton spp., are also fascinating. Of course Australia is a land of iconic trees, including eucalyptus trees and wattles.
Sian’s original paintings have a brightness and freshness about them, which does not always reproduce well on the screen. Also, it is difficult to capture the brilliance of the medium (pastels), or the brilliance of the colours of Australia for that matter, so a couple of versions of some of the paintings are presented on these pages, in a mostly vain attempt to capture the vibrancy of the originals.
Australian Outback pastel painting by Sian Butler.
In her poem, “My Country”, Dorothea Mackellar portrays her intimate understanding and love of Australia:
“I love a sunburnt country,
a land of sweeping plains,
of ragged mountain ranges,
of droughts and flooding rains”
Australian Outback painting by Sian Butler – another photo/version of the painting below:
“…He causes the winds to blow,
and the waters flow.”
Australian Outback painting by Sian Butler – another version below:
“While the earth remaineth,
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat,
and summer and winter, and day and night
shall not cease”
Pastel painting of Outback Australia by Sian Butler.
Outback Australia pastel painting by Sian Butler.
Australian Outback pastel painting by Sian Butler.
“For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.”
Job 36:27, 28.
Pastel painting of the Australian Outback by Sian Butler.
Australian Outback painting in pastel by Sian Butler.
Outback Australia painting by Sian Butler.
Australian Outback watercolour painting by Sian Butler.
Outback pastel painting by Sian Butler.
For more paintings of Australian homesteads and African homesteads by Sian Butler, please click on the “Australian Homestead Paintings” button at the top of the page.
Australian Outback painting by Sian Butler (pastel).
If you are not familiar with them, emus are the second largest bird in the world, almost as big as ostriches.
“”For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.””
Isaiah 55:8, 9.
“You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand
are pleasures forevermore”
Sian has always excelled at painting trees, from Cedars in the Cedarberg in South Africa, to Boabs and Eucalyptus trees in Australia. To be in a Eucalyptus forest in the mist is a magical experience. I think the paintings above and below also have a hint of oriental ink brushwork about them.
A couple of links which may be of interest:
livestock farmers may be interested in visiting my site http://reforestation.me , especially the page http://reforestation.me/animal-improved-dung-fmnr/,
for ideas about protecting yourself, your property, and livestock from bush fires go to Reforestation.me and and click on the fire shields page,
Some Australian wattles have edible seeds, and some species have been a great success in the arid Sahel region of Africa, providing more abundant food, food with higher nutrition, especially protein, and last but not lest more food security: http://www.worldwidewattle.com/infogallery/utilisation/sehel.php.
For more of Sian’s paintings, click on the button “Australian Outback Paintings 2” in the menu bar at the top of this page.
One of my sister Laya Clode’s artworks – what she describes as a “quirky and naïve” treatment of Uluru. It seems to me that the exuberant landscapes and seascapes of Australia naturally lend themselves to a naïve art, such as the art of Ken Done.
Thanks very much to Sian and Laya for freely sharing their wonderful artworks!