Sketches from the Flinders Ranges

The landscape in the Flinders Ranges and Gammon Ranges has been formidable, red rocky peaks, fields of wild flowers, creating strips of purple and yellow. The weather has been extreme, very cold nights, very hot days, high winds, dust and the flies … But the experience is worth it. One highlight was bush camping in the Warraweena Private Conservation Park. Everyone gets their own campsite, ours was by a dry creek, with massive old river red gums, wattle in blossom, kangaroos and emus wandering by. We have driven some hair raising 4wd tracks and seen majestic gorges and unexpected waterholes, we have made the best beer damper in the camp oven. I don’t have enough time to detail everything, but there are many great moments, and still a week more in the Flinders. The sketches were done often battling the elements (and flies!) so many were very quick. Please excuse the quality, they were photographed on my iPad. Please leave comments, but don’t necessarily expect a speedy response, as I only have limited Internet access!

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Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

33 thoughts

  1. Oh Anna such a beautiful collection of sketches .
    You transported me from a grey old day in blighty to your hot dusty landscape in a flash .
    I can imagine your walks full of stops and turning discoveries over in your hands thinking about colours.., plant names … and errgh those pesky flies 🙂
    Keep on enjoying and sketching for yourself and us too !
    PS. These photos when enlarged do real justice to your work .


    1. It is SO different from England Poppy, it astonishes me sometimes, especially having been enjoying the green lush landscapes of the West of England so recently! But I am thoroughly enjoying it, despite the flies, and constantly looking for more little oddities to draw. Thank you – I’m very relieved the drawings look ok enlarged (did you spot the real flies on a couple of them?!)


    1. Thanks Veronica – yes, ideas are really buzzing in my head for places to take some of these sketches. Today I was photographing an ochre wall, with pinks and browns and yellows, swirling shapes … Couldn’t draw it but there could be paintings in there too!


  2. These quick sketches of yours would take me hours to get them to look that great! They are beautiful! And the quality of the photos are just fine, too, Anna. Sounds like a fun trip, except for the flies, I guess! 😉


  3. I love looking at your studies. From them I can ‘see’ exactly what it is like where you are – and of course your words complete the picture. I’m glad you’re having a wonderful time. Heat, cold, flies, camping, dust, wind … nah! You can keep it. Your sketches are beautiful.


    1. Thanks Julie, you city girl! I’m so glad you can ‘see’ where I am, it’s not always easy to capture it. Landscape painting is really not my thing, but I did want to try and get a little feel for the complete surroundings, as well as the minutiae of flowers and seeds that I am more attracted to. Some of the places we have seen really do outweigh the heat, cold and even the flies (most of the time anyway!)


  4. So many lovely comments! And I agree! They really transport you to the place! You can really capture the essence of things seemingly effortlessly!


  5. nice drawings Anna – jealous of your trip, not been Flinders but have driven brisbane perth via alice and the outback is the most unique and amazing ive been


    1. Thanks Jo. You would have a good idea of what we are experiencing. Its different but has the same sort of drama as Central Australia. I am constantly being surprised especially by the quantity and variety of the wildflowers.


    1. Sometimes its just the doing that matters, not the subject – look at the road litter with different eyes, look for colour, shape or form that may be interesting. As you can see, I draw all sorts of odd things, a lot of dead insects, even the ones that are battered and broken on the car’s radiator turn into interesting shapes. This works for me! I’d love to see what you come up with!


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