Bower of Beauty - Brenda Bryant
Bower of Beauty
91.5 x 122cm
oil on canvas
My painting is inspired by driving through Byrrill Creek and the Mebbin National Park, which is close to my home. The park is sub-tropical rainforest with ancient fig trees. I love the beautiful walking stick palms and have placed some of these in my painting. Also, I have been inspired by an awesome White Fig I saw at Crystal Creek. The white fig is of the strangler fig species, and one of my favourite trees.
The Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) is incredibly beautiful and intelligent and is found throughout the rainforests and leafy coasts of eastern Australia, all the way up in central Queensland, and down into New South Wales. They display striking sexual dimorphism – the males, as seen above, are covered in silky black plumage, with glossy golden feathers on the ends of their wings, and pouring down over their heads like a thick, molten crown. The females, of course, are a dull, speckly olive colour.