Water’s back – Milang

Last weekend boats began to assemble at Milang to partake in the Milang to Goolwa Classic. The event has been impossible the last few years because of low river levels. The river is back and so is Milang, a delightful lake-side town that was in the doldrums has come to life again on Lake Alexandrina.
The furthest shore was not visible and it could have been a sea not a lake apart from the colour of the water. The browny-green of the water looked unique and surreal as yachts appeared on the horizon line and came into shore.
The holiday cabins on the shore near the jetty presented a happy image that just had to be painted!
Nearly 200 boats arrived at Milang and started off on the 50km sail to Goolwa the next day.

Sometimes we know how good it is to be alive – often just fleating moments. I have put this one down in paint and hope others can feel that too.

Water's back – Milang – acrylic on canvasboard – 40x30cm
Alexandrina Art Show – April 2012

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Mike Barr

About Mike Barr

I paint what I love - sparsely populated beaches with big skies and wide shallows and rain-drenched city streets that sparkle with reflective light.
Of course, both these places are animated with human activity, such as beach walkers or those braving the elements of a rainy day,
and they add to the appeal of such scenes.

The sky usually plays a large part in my work.
From a very young age I have been fascinated with clouds and the moods of the sky and have always loveed a stormy day.
It is no surprise then that this is translated into my work.

My paintings aren't acquired because they match the curtains - they are windows in themslves.
They offer glimpses of where we have been or where we would like to be - places where the soul can linger for a while an rest.





I am a fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts