I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend a silk painting workshop with Ayers Rock Resort’s resident artist Heather Duff. Inspired by the colours of I had seen around me my local design scarf tells the story of sunrise to sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the landscape surrounding these incredible geographic and spiritual landmarks.
Transfixed on the sunrising and the colours of the light as it hit the remaining clouds over the red centre of this vast continent drawing attention away from Uluru as she came to life.
The gasp of awe as the shadows and light played with brilliant golden reds and scarlets took away from the sun rising itself. The reds to bright oranges as the shadows began to change shapes hiding in curves and retreating into crevices as the angle of light increases. And then all is light, glowing a bright orange, shimmering in the early morning glow. Shadows of trees shorten, shrinking. The colours of the surrounding landscape begin to show: a myriad of greens and browns against the blood red sands. The sky still pale reflecting the rose reds gradually fading into the palest blue.
The early light shows off the yellow greens of the lush new grasses, the product of the recent rains against the bleeding sands. Contrasted against the darker leaves of the desert oaks and the silver grey of the spinifex. Splashes of different greens come alive as the sun continues to rise bouncing off the many facets of Uluru.
The blinding reflected light of the gorge lowers and the shadows of the oaks lengthen around Kata Tjuta and attention turns back to Uluru which is a warm deep red soaking up the last rays of the day. As the sun drops the colours deepen, deepen into rich reds and browns.
Glowing agains the deepening blue above. As the sky looses blue tinges for delicate lilacs and purples with no clouds to distract the eye Uluru burns in the final rays before succumbing to the black night.