Home is where the heart is — literally!

Wow, who knew oil paints could be so amazing? I used them for the first time ever this week, and it was love-at-first-use.

How fitting then, that I used them to paint something else I love: a landscape of my farm; the Margaret River Heartland.

heartland from airFive years ago, I planted an avocado grove in the shape of a love heart. (It’s growing very slowly, but I did pick my first two avocados this week!)

The idea of planting it in a love heart shape was to create an aerial marker for aeroplanes looking for our airstrip.

Pilots would see the heart, and land their plane. (Thus calling the farm the Heartland! Get it?!)


The farm has been in my husband’s family since 1932, so it’s a very special place to us. So, I thought it would be a fitting subject for my art challenge this week.

I was inspired by a painting I saw at the Gunyulgup Galleries a little while — Morning Near Boyup Brook by Heather Jones. I was impressed with the way she blended the 2D landscape and 3D trees and houses.

I didn’t think I had a snowball’s chance in hell of reproducing something as finessed and beautiful as her work, but I gave it a crack regardless. Considering I was flying blind, I’m pretty happy with the result.

Can you see my heart-shaped avocado grove? Literally, “home is where the heart is”!

Home is where the heart is.

margaret river heartland painting

Shine on!
❤ Anita Revel

PS This is week 37’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015…  Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.

PPS Wanna buy THis piece? You can’t! (Sorry, you’d have to fight my husband for it — he loves it and is unlikely to part with it!)

But you might be interested  some other original pieces?


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