About Above only sky - valley floor

I started Above only sky after my father died in early September 2014. Over four months I sat on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains National Park. For three to eight hours a day I drew the valley, the cliffs and the sky. The seasons changed from late winter to early spring to full blown summer. A snow storm covered the plateau on the anniversary of bush fires the year before. On the last day of drawing a lightning storm ignited a small bushfire on the western flank of the ridge leading down from Perry's Lookdown to Blue Gum forest. I was accompanied by a flock of sulphur crested cockatoos who delighted in aeronautical manoeuvres, spiralling from the cliff edge to the valley floor. Fifteen drawings resulted from the four months, twelve of which I've collected in the work Above only sky. Each of the drawings reflects the time, season, weather, birdlife, memory, thoughts, emotions and mood over the time it took to complete. Read together the drawings forming Above only sky offer a view of the valley changing over the four months. Together they present a wholeness greater than each individual drawing. Something more than a panorama locked at a single point in time.