Australian landscape art is saturated with depictions of smooth-barked gum trees. Ironbark eucalypts are, however, rarely depicted. Ironbarks are aptly named because the bark colours do resemble hematite (iron oxide ore) and the timber is nearly as strong as iron. Red kino veins "bleed" from the bark and blood is iron-rich.
Ironbarks were economically important because of the durability of its timber and was in high demand for railway sleepers and other construction purposes. Weddin Mountains National Park has some significant stands of Mugga Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon).
I have used partial 3D techniques to capture the textures of these Ironbark stands.
Multiple MDF boards, cut and carved to produce partial 3D effects, acrylic paint and media.
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