Early Bell River 76cm x 51cm Original Oil on Board by Kevin Best SOLD
Bell River, a watercourse that is part of the Macquarie catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia. The area surrounding the Bell River was first explored by John Oxley who named the river in honour of Brevet Major Bell. The river rises in the hills north-west of Orange and flows generally north past the town of Molong, joining the Macquarie River at Wellington. The course of the river is generally aligned with the Mitchell Highway, with the river dropping 441 metres (1,447 ft) over its 146 kilometres (91 mi) course. Platypus have often been sighted in the lower reaches of the Bell River. Alluvial gold was discovered in and along the river in 1851, inspiring a minor gold rush, most notably near the confluence of the Nubrigyn Creek with the Bell River. Minor flooding of the Bell River occurs sporadically, before its junction with the Macquarie River, including in 1920, 1926, and 1990 at Newrea.
This was a glorious morning, in fact from the time the first rays of sunlight peeked over the horizon until I saw this stockman arrive the peace was heavenly and I thought it would make a nice picture of the stockman and his horse taking an early morning drink after camping near the billabong overnight. An orange glow filled the morning air with warmth and brilliance”. Kevin has captured this light reflecting across the landscape and onto the calm water.
With sunrises and sunsets, the challenge of obtaining the correct light grows. Kevin found that everything in sunlight has warm and cooler shadows. Instead of painting in the sun itself like Van Gogh did Kevin prefers to squint into the light and paint the effect the sunlight has on the whole scene – each tree, each animal. Art is all about giving people the opportunity to come home after having a hard day at the office and letting them sit in their lounge room and looking at their investment and saying “That’s where I would like to be”…. Kevin Best OAM.
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