Jumrum Creek | Kuranda | Queensland | Australia

First Life / Jumrum | Scott Bennett | 2010 | Acrylic on canvas | 30″ x 40″ | Private collection

What was I thinking!

After seeing the 3D movie Avatar in Cairns. I was driving back up the mountain to Kuranda, up through the lush wet tropics and I started to notice the real world as a spectacle, I was seeing it for the first time, again!

The painting is of Jumrum Creek, which winds through the backyard of my friends property.
I lived on the grassy bank in my camper-van beside the creek when I first moved to Kuranda.

Lines on my mind:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
(From Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost)


The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers,
(Winter has given them gold for silver
To stain their water and bladed green for brown to line their banks)
From different throats intone one language.
So I believe if we were strong enough to listen without
Divisions of desire and terror
To the storm of the sick nations, the rage of the hunger smitten cities,
Those voices also would be found
Clean as a child’s; or like some girl’s breathing who dances alone
By the ocean-shore, dreaming of lovers.
(Robinson Jeffers, Natural Music)

The song Weird Fishes/Arpeggi from In Rainbows by Radiohead was on my mind:

In the deepest ocean
The bottom of the sea
Your eyes
They turn me

Why should I stay here?
Why should I stay?

I’d be crazy not to follow
Follow where you lead
Your eyes
They turn me

Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
Yeah everybody leaves
If they get the chance
And this is my chance

I get eaten by the worms
And weird fishes
Picked over by the worms
And weird fishes
Weird fishes
Weird fishes

Yeah I
I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
And I
I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape

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