Alison Boyd Artist

a life creative

Mountain Dreams

Back in 2019, after a brief escape to Australia and the last time I saw and held my parents and Aussie friends in person – just a handful of months before the pandemic hit – I’d created a photographic exhibition of Australian native trees called The Map of a Notion of Home

I’ve lately revisited that “Notion of Home”, this time in the form of mountains. I’ve been working on a series of ink, watercolour and pencil impressions of mountains, both of Monte Amiata, southern Tuscany, and the various low lying mountains surrounding me where I grew up in Australia. 

Alongside my love of trees and the ocean, mountains have always been a part of who I am and where I live. In Australia my home was situated near an extinct volcano, and I find myself yet again on the flank of another dormant one. I recall seeing the Alps for the first time, at the border of France and Italy, my neck aching at all that “up”.

I still dream often of the Blue Mountains near Sydney, NSW, though my most prevalent childhood memories are of those ancient, flat-topped mountains presiding over the long-ago glacier-cut valley between Bullio and the Waragamba dam shining like a mirror at its far end. My little 110 film instamatic camera was put to good use when I was 13 years old, snapping at all that distance and space and antiquity, never quite able to be captured in any true capacity but in dreams.

And here I am again taking less than perfect photos! Well-overdue on my part (read: on the current Covid-ruffled part of my bank account), I’m waiting on a new laptop to replace my trusty several time rebuilt 9 year old that has finally refused to accept the SD card from my Nikon. And, as is Murphy’s Law, my cracked and ancient (yet extremely hardy, considering it outlived a merciless knock-it-off-all-the-things black cat and several skitterings down Italian stairwells) iPhone is pooping it, slowly. Still works – just – but now it limits and lessens image quality. No matter the amount of careful editing, you can’t beat decent skills, lighting, composition and hardware.

I never tire of the sunlight dressing and undressing Monte Amiata from morning until the moon takes over the shift, throughout every season. It seems absurd that I’ve been back here a full year and I still haven’t been to the summit of Monte Amiata in person since September 2019. It’s a shame not to have seen the snow up close this year. But, just like the sea, it’ll still be there, post-pandemic.

Ink & Watercolour on Hahnemühle paper
Ink & Watercolour on Hahnemühle paper
Ink & gold leaf on Hahnemühle paper

From a distance, rain clouds pour their hearts out over Monte Amiata, a blur of sudden water that traps the light as the sky touches down.

Ink, pencil & gold leaf on Hahnemühle paper [SOLD]
Blue Mountains (I)
30cm x 15cm
Ink on Hahnemühle paper

The minis are 7cm X 7cm before mounting and 35€ each, which includes shipping by tracked post to anywhere in the world. I’ve posted a selection of the minis in the “Artworks – Other” section of the blog, otherwise you can peruse all of them available on my website.

Thank you for supporting a living artist!
AB xx

5 comments on “Mountain Dreams

  1. Cendrine Marrouat
    April 20, 2021

    Your work is delightful. So many stories in just a few lines. That’s talent!

    I also love the mountains, even though I live so far from them. The first time I visited the Canadian part of the Rockies, I was blown away. Having grown up in southern France, I was used to small-sized mountains!

    Australia is definitely a country I would love to visit!

    Liked by 1 person

    • AlisonBoydArtist
      April 20, 2021

      Hi Cendrine, and thank you for your lovely comment.
      I can imagine the Rockies like the Alps…though I’m yet to visit Canada (one day!).

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cendrine Marrouat
        April 20, 2021

        You are welcome!

        They are quite similar in terms of size, I think.

        Not sure if you are interested, but we are looking for inspirational / positive artists such as yourself for one of our anthologies. I’m the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms and we would be delighted to receive something from you. We charge a submission fee but pay ongoing royalties to artists who are selected to appear in our publications. All the info is on my blog.

        Liked by 1 person

      • AlisonBoydArtist
        April 20, 2021

        Thank you so much for the invitation. I just followed your blog, so I’ll have a read this afternoon 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Cendrine Marrouat
        April 20, 2021

        Thank you for reading! I look forward to seeing more of your work. 🙂


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