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Late arrival at the homestead. Walking back along the only highway to the Ross River Homestead under a plethora of stars and the Milky Way just as the dark emu appears in the sky.That moment when you are both assured and fearful at the same time. And how small and insignificant you feel. ##nightime #roadtrip #nightsky #galaxy #shadows #welcomeback #arrival #mystery #rossriverhomestead #eastmcdonnellranges #northernterritoryaustralia #acrylic #onboard #darkemu #landscape #landscapepainting #mikestaniford ...

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Finished. I’ve had an eye on this one all week. The background was working but the foreground needed fulfilling. I referred to my trip to the outback...it was always there gnawing away at me and sketches and studies provided the much needed elements. #australia #landscape #landscapedesign #landscapepainting #acrylic #onboard #apaintedlandscape #nature #figurative #trees #likepeople #mikestaniford ...

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The road to Ross River. #outback #northernterritory #northernterritoryaustralia #artworkshop #rossriver #rossriverhomestead #abstraction #abstractart #abstractpainting #artist #landscape #landscapepainting #landscapes #apaintedlandscape #acrylicabstract #acrylicpainter #acrylicpainting #mikestaniford ...

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Halfway up the track from Maitland Bay, the bush gets really interesting in its scale and colour. A quick sketchbook study in gouache and convinced this could make a larger work in acrylic. #bushland #tracks #pathways #maitlandbay #eucalypts #trees #rocky #quickstudy #gouache #gouachepainting #sketchbook #landscape #lateafternoon #lighting #landscapepainting #artist #artistininstagram #naturalenvironment #mikestaniford ...

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The density of bushland. Sharpie marker and watercolour. #bushland #overgrown #dense #watercolour #onlocation #bushwalking #landscape #mikestaniford ...

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Shaping up. #workinprogress #reworked #landscape #acrylicpainting #onboard ##corrected #backontrack #mikestaniford ...

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Bush studies. #charcoal #charcoaldrawing #treescape #hardysbay #bushland #sketchbook #upright #mikestaniford ...

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Looking west into the sun. Hawke Head Drive. #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #landscape #landscapepainting #apaintedlandscape #landscapeartist #abstraction #abstractart #abstractpainting #eveninglights #amplification #elements #naturalelements #nature #bushland #paintersoninstagram #painterslife #colourfieldpainting #mikestaniford ...

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Large format sketchbook with art ramblings. Ideas that may or may not lead to larger works but are always fulfilling in terms of stretching my own personal perspective. #draw #drawing #drawingsketch #landscapes #seascapes #perspectives #art #artistsoninstagram #ramblings #documentinglife #personalperspective #mixedmedia #mixedmediaonpaper #immersiveexperience #sketchbooks #mikestaniford ...

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