Flowers andAbstract Landscapes

“Lennox is a magical mixture of sea, sand and sunshine – often overlaid by a blanket of soft salt spray.  These landscape abstracts are my musings on the patterns found on the beach, the trees, the seaweed, foam on the beach and mysterious patterns in the sand. “

I have been captivated by the fleeting beauty and stories of flowers for many years now - to me they represent life - it has been said that in a flower you find birth, sex and death. For me capturing a flower in my painting is capturing a moment in time.  My most recent body of work was started during 2020 Lockdown and continues now through the aftermath. I have been drawn into layering in symbols of hope through the motif of moon and flowers - all of which have their own messages. Many of these flowers deliver strong memories of my time growing up in South Africa as well as living in England and, of course, here in Australia. 

 

'How Beautiful We Were' -  Kay Knights 

If only we really appreciated our youth - they say youth is wasted on the young but let's keep the joy of our inner child for our whole lives and enjoy our beauty at all ages.  Age might add lines but it adds the beauty of experience.

$950

Oil on Canvas 60cm h x 90cm w

'Between the Shadow and the Soul' -  Kay Knights 

Poppies are symbolic for remembrance -but also regeneration, dreams and imagination. Their fragile form belies the toughness it takes for these beautiful flowers to grow - often in quite sandy and inhospitable soil.  Never forget how strong you are - you can grow and flourish wherever you are planted.

$395

Oil on Canvas 30cm h x 30cm w

'Love and Other Battles' -  Kay Knights 

Poppies are symbolic for remembrance but also regeneration, dreams and imagination. We love and lose people across our lives and these poppies honour and celebrate the love and dreams that we all have through our life.

$1500

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 95cm w

'New Beginnings' -  Kay Knights 

We are living in such difficult times at the moment so this piece showcases the Narcissus which symbolises rebirth and happiness -  I thought it a fitting flower to depict the dream of finding a wonderful future and new beginning that so many of us need right now.

$1500

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 95cm w

'The Woman in Me' -  Kay Knights 

Magnolias symbolise the beauty encompassing femininity - soft and subtle in colour yet strong in appearance. Dedicated to all the amazing women in the world. 

$395

Oil on Canvas 30cm h x 30cm w

'You're still my Sunshine' -  Kay Knights 

A partner for the other yellow rose below – painted to remind us of what a wonderful place we live in. Perhaps these tougher times are here to remind us just how lucky we are for all we do have and how wonderful this area is to live in.

$395

Oil on Canvas 30cm h x 30cm w

'Cover me in Sunshine' -  Kay Knights 

Times are tough - this was painted during the nights at home while so many communities in the local areas have had their lives totally upended by the awful floods of the Northern Rivers this year. All I can do as a release is paint - and these yellow roses found their way through me to the canvas. As the words of the song say Cover me in Sunshine, Shower me with good times, Tell me that the world's been spinning since the beginning and everything will be alright!

$395

Oil on Canvas 30cm h x 30cm w

'The Light Within' -  Kay Knights 

As women we try so hard to be everything for everyone. We don’t spend much time looking and reflecting on the incredible strength and beauty that is inside each and every one of us. There is a light inside all of us – we just have to let it shine and acknowledge it.  In legends, the Peony is linked to healing and attraction, and since the Chinese word for ‘Most beautiful’ also translates to “Peony” it makes sense that they are known to symbolise beauty and love. These Peonies in my works reflect the light and love inside us all.

$1950

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 125cm w

'There is Light Where you Will Be' -  Kay Knights 

As women we try so hard to be everything for everyone. We don’t spend much time looking and reflecting on the incredible strength and beauty that is inside each and every one of us. There is a light inside all of us – we just have to let it shine and acknowledge it.  In legends, the Peony is linked to healing and attraction, and since the Chinese word for ‘Most beautiful’ also translates to “Peony” it makes sense that they are known to symbolise beauty and love. These Peonies in my works reflect the light and love inside us all.

$1500

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 95cm w

'There is Light Where you Were' -  Kay Knights 

As women we try so hard to be everything for everyone. We don’t spend much time looking and reflecting on the incredible strength and beauty that is inside each and every one of us. There is a light inside all of us – we just have to let it shine and acknowledge it.  In legends, the Peony is linked to healing and attraction, and since the Chinese word for ‘Most beautiful’ also translates to “Peony” it makes sense that they are known to symbolise beauty and love. These Peonies in my works reflect the light and love inside us all.

$1500

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 95cm w

'I Dreamed a Dream' -  Kay Knights 

Of days gone by and the beautiful days in the future - finding the light within and celebrating all we are as women.

$395

Oil on Canvas 30cm h x 30cm w

'Friends and Lovers' -  Kay Knights 

Friends who become Lovers and Lovers who become Friends - we value them all who add so much to the memories and joyful moments that we call Life. This piece is full of thepromise of Hope for a beautiful future.

$1950

Oil on Canvas 95cm h x 125cm w

'Lovers and Dreamers' -  Kay Knights 

Memories of the precious moments that linger in our minds and hearts - the special people and moments that make this life so full and possible. It is full of promises of Hope for a beautiful future.

$1500

Oil on Canvas   100cm h x 100cm w

'For Your Love' -  Kay Knights 

Echos of the sweet, the sad and the sensuous moments that create this luscious life. It is full of promises of Hope for a beautiful future.

$1500

Oil on Canvas   100cm h x 100cm w

'Pieces of You' -  Kay Knights 

Sometimes you look at another person and their beauty and fragility just takes your breath away. They might not be in the first flush of youth - they have weathered a little in life.  When you look closely there's a story in every crease and line, every shade of colour and fold. Walk with me - I see your beautiful soul.

$395

Oil on Canvas   30cm h x 30cm w

'We are Stardust' -  Kay Knights 

This is a larger piece. Titles tend to come to me as I am painting and I just let them sit in my head for a while to see if anything more suitable presents itself. This one felt ethereal and I have been reading about extraordinary statistics about hydrogen in our bodies and that we can say that our bodies are over 90% stardust. I must say this really appeals to me! As women I feel we are really affected by the moon and stars alongside the fact we are also fragile yet incredibly strong. These are Peonies which symbolise love, beauty and happiness.

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Oil on Canvas   80cm h x 80cm w

'I Am I Said' -  Kay Knights 

A smaller piece finished recently - oil on canvas. I was drawn to paint this - it's a reflection on being an older woman. We are still feeling all the things we did years ago and remembering how it felt to feel totally sensual and beautiful in a moment. As  women grow older we often feel 'unseen' but we are so very worthy and have earned every crease and imperfection - they all add to our story even if we aren't in the first lush of youth. 

$675

Oil on Canvas   50cm h x 40cm w

'Cherry Blossom Dreaming' -  Kay Knights 

Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short but there is so much beauty in their fragility that then becomes the luscious cherry. Part of the 'Hope' series - symbolised by the full moon that is the same moon shining on us here as on the other side of the world. We are all in this together!

$675

Triptych Oil on Canvas 3 x 30cm h x 30cm w (total of 90cm wide)

'Delicate Equilibrium' -  Kay Knights 

Life is so fragile now - especially during lockdown as we struggle to find our equilibrium both mentally and physically. The beautiful fragility of the Iris reminds us of how we can flourish against all odds.  We are all in this together!

$525

Oil on Canvas   50cm h x 60cm w

'Strength in Fragility' -  Kay Knights 

Poppies symbolise regeneration and can grow in challenging conditions in even poor soil. Orange poppies symbolise health. Such a beautiful flower that looks so fragile yet grows strong through hard times. A beautiful symbol I think of these difficult times and a reminder of the beauty that can be found even during hardship.  We are all in this together!

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Oil on Canvas   70cm h x 90cm w

'Golden Days' -  Kay Knights 

A reminder of all the times we were happy. These flowers combine the beautiful, cultured alongside the tough, resilient roadside 'toughie'. I think these days we all need a bit of both inside us. Part of the 'Hope' series - symbolised by the full moon that is the same moon shining on us here as on the other side of the world. We are all in this together!

$395

Oil and pen on Canvas   30cm h x 30cm w

'Red Ginger' -  Kay Knights 

Red Ginger flowers symbolise fiery passion. They also stand for strength and can represent limitless prosperity and diversity in personality. Sometimes ginger flowers are given as a substitution for roses.  Part of the 'Hope' series - symbolised by the full moon that is the same moon shining on us here as on the other side of the world. We are all in this together!

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Oil and pen on Canvas   30cm h x 30cm w

'Mother's Gift -  Kay Knights 

One of my mum's and my favourite spring flowers! Freesias are known for their delicate blooms and beautiful scents of citrus. Usually, pink freesias are seen to represent motherly love - the love that a mother has for her son or daughter. Yellow freesias symbolise the idea of joy and renewal. They can also be used to represent friendships and the true shared between friends.

The flowers were named after a botanist, Friedrich H.T. Freese, by a fellow botanist, Christian P. Ecklon. Named as a tribute to the friendship shared by the gentleman, the freesia's symbolism holds true to this initial origin. 

$395

Oil and pen on Canvas   30cm h x 30cm w

'Where Wild Roses Grow'-  Kay Knights 

In ancient mythology Wild Roses are a powerful symbol of love and adoration. They are strongly associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, who is often portrayed with a crown of roses around her head. These sweet scented, deep pink roses blossom all summer and are loved by bees and butterflies.

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Oil and pen on Canvas   30cm h x 30cm w

'Cycle of Life'-  Kay Knights 

I was gifted a beautiful blue waterlily by a lovely Japanese lady who also goes by the name 'Kay' in Australia. I felt compelled to paint it. In Greek culture waterlilies represent modesty while in Egyptian culture they symbolise unity of people. The Blue waterlily is especially revered due to its ability to produce fruits and blossom at the same time. As a result they stand for the cycle of life - birth and death as well as rebirth and is prominently featured in ancient Egyptian temples.

$425

Oil and pen on Canvas   60cm h x 30cm w

'Grace of Hours'-  Kay Knights 

This is titled 'Grace of Hours' taken from a little known poem by Robert Frost called Rose Pagonias after the flowers. They are such exquisite flowers and compelled him to write the poem - flowers in nature have the capacity to transport us - their beauty has a strange power! Hope this painting lets you feel the magnetic pull of nature around us.

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Oil and pen on Canvas   60cm h x 65cm w

'Keeper of the Flame'-  Kay Knights 

Recently finished and titled "Keeper of the Flame". These Red Hot Pokers are from South Africa - a large hardy perennial lily. I have strong memories of them growing up in Johannesburg. They are also known as Torch Lillies and symbolise good fortune!

$695

Oil and pen on Canvas   50cm h x 75cm w

'Road Tripping SA'-  Kay Knights 

Recalling road trips in South Africa where you could come around a corner and be met by fields of flowering Cosmos as far as the eye could see! I remember it as moments of pure wonder at their incredible beauty. Universal laws such as the theorem of Pythagoras, the tree of life of Kabbalah, the squaring of the circle or the merkabah, led to the Cosmos flower being associated with sacred geometry. This was used in the construction of churches as well as in temple construction, because there was conviction that the energy of the symbol would also be applied to it.  It radiates harmony and perfection of sacred geometry and stands for infinity and perfect order.

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Oil and pen on Canvas   60cm h x 60 cm w

'Mum's African Violets 4'-  Kay Knights 

One of a series of 4 - memories of my mum's violets grown in South Africa. My mum grew the most amazing ones in our hallway that got the afternoon sun. I found their symbolism interesting as the African Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion and the deepest of love commitment. Growing African Violets is a spiritual experience in itself teaching us less is more and strength is in the spirit, helping us to understand balance.

$295

Oil and pen on Canvas   20cm h x 20 cm w

'Mum's African Violets 3'-  Kay Knights 

One of a series of 4 - memories of my mum's violets grown in South Africa. My mum grew the most amazing ones in our hallway that got the afternoon sun. I found their symbolism interesting as the African Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion and the deepest of love commitment. Growing African Violets is a spiritual experience in itself teaching us less is more and strength is in the spirit, helping us to understand balance.

$295

Oil and pen on Canvas   20cm h x 20 cm w

 

'Mum's African Violets 2'-  Kay Knights 

One of a series of 4 - memories of my mum's violets grown in South Africa. My mum grew the most amazing ones in our hallway that got the afternoon sun. I found their symbolism interesting as the African Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion and the deepest of love commitment. Growing African Violets is a spiritual experience in itself teaching us less is more and strength is in the spirit, helping us to understand balance.

$295

Oil and pen on Canvas   20cm h x 20 cm w

'Love Endures'-  Kay Knights 

These are two lovely plants I have on my patio. Red Geraniums symbolise love and were said to announce visitors as legend said they would turn towards a newcomer. Sedums symbolise peace and tranquility - succulents as a whole symbolise enduring love because of their tendency to store water in their leaves.

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Oil and pen on Canvasboard   30cm h x 60 cm w

'Send Me a Sign'-  Kay Knights 

The Christmas Cactus is spectacular and one I have been wanting to paint. There are a number of stories around the origins of the name. One of my favourites comes from Brazil which is the cactus' native land where they grow in shady humid forests above the ground in crooks of trees where moss and composted leave collect. The story goes that a young boy prayed for a sign of Christmas as a reprieve from the heat and humidity of the jungle. On Christmas Day he emerged from his hut to find the jungle had filled with the flowers of the cacti overnight.

$375

Oil and pen on Canvas board   20cm h x 25cm w

'Peace'-  Kay Knights 

Bougainvilleas are native to South America and the Caribbean islands but flourish in Australia, Africa, Greece and California where they grow in hot areas. The symbolism of the flower is protection and spiritual connection. The white bougainvillea in particular can symbolise peace. I have a couple of beautiful ones in my garden in Lennox.

$575

Oil and pen on Canvas   45cm x 45cm

'Gratitude'-  Kay Knights 

This was an inward reflection for me - it feels slightly dreamlike. Hydrangeas were first cultivated in Japan and legend has it that a Japanese emperor gave blue hydrangeas to the family of a girl he loved to make up for neglecting her - they have become known for gratitude and understanding. Yellow as a colour symbolises trust, friendship, cheerfulness and optimism. Yellow Lillies represent joy and new beginnings.


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Oil and pen on Canvas   45cm x 45cm

'Long Live the Kings'-  Kay Knights 

Proteas are an incredibly ancient flower with estimates saying they have been around for 300 million years. Native to South Africa, they also grow well in Australia, in fact it is the national flower of South Africa. The flower was named for Poseidon's son Proteus who could change shape to avoid detection. It's symbolism is transformation, daring, diversity and courage - what we all might need right now.

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Oil and pen on Canvas Board  45cm x 45cm

'In Flame-Heart's Shade'-  Kay Knights 

I love these trees - the vibrancy of their leaves and the way they bleed when broken. Before being named as Poinsettia they were called the Mexican Flame Flowers - they were closely associated with birth and success. Here they are used widely to celebrate Christmas.

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Oil and pen on Canvas Board  30cm w x 40cm d Framed under glass

'Homecoming'-  Kay Knights 

This piece is part of my Hope series - This one is a reflection on living in South Africa when I was growing up - This piece is titled 'Homecoming' as when I lived in Johannesburg our driveway was lined with Jacarandas and I have loved them ever since. I find the incredible colour combination they create against a stormy sky to be compelling. 

$730

Oil and pen on Canvas 75cm w x 50cm d

'I Hear the Drums'-  Kay Knights 

This is a reflection on my years growing up in South Africa - the Africans have a wonderful feel for shape and colour and their heritage. My landscape layers colours using intuitive mark making for the patterns and shapes from experience and memory - a visual diary from the past.  This painting layers the symbolism of flowers on my abstract landscape. The beautiful contrasting colours of the (Strelitzia) Bird of Paradise flower typifies for me the people living in this beautiful troubled country. A flower of contrast and starkness yet such a glorious combination. The Strelitzia represents freedom and immortality.

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Oil and Pen on Canvas 60cm w x 60cm h

'Light at the end of the Day'-  Kay Knights 

This piece is part of my Hope series - painted from recollections of walking in the Alpine wild areas of Tasmania with the beautiful wild flowers there. I reach out for the horizon for travel plans put aside due to Covid and there is the hope for my return for more time in the wild there.

$695

Oil and pen on Canvas 60cm w x 50cm h

'Dark Corners'-  Kay Knights 

Titled 'Dark Corners' the blue cornflower is an incredibly tough flower that stands up to all elements nature throws at it and displays its beautiful shades of blue flowers. I have memories of growing swathes of them while living near Manchester and drying them hanging upside down. I know a number of artists (like me) are strongly affected by blues - both the colour and the emotion. This year has affected all of us in so many ways.

$395

Oil and pen on Canvas 30cm w x 40cm h


'Gracious Journey'-  Kay Knights 

 I wanted to capture the passion and vibrancy of these tulips. Red tulips symbolise love and white forgiveness and worthiness - so I think these Parrot striped tulips symbolise graciousness on life's journey. 

$395

Oil and penon Canvas 30cm w x 40cm h

'Chasing Sunshine'-  Kay Knights 

 A piece featuring Wattle (or Mimosa if you grew up in South Africa like me!)  - this is an amazing flower that symbolises endurance and strength during adversity. For me it brings back happy memories - when I see it's intense yellow flower and smell it's heady scent it feels like sunshine in a flower - I can stare and it and lose myself feeling summer - even though it blooms in winter here.

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Mixed Media on Canvas 60cm w x 50cm h

'Where the Wild Things Grow'-  Kay Knights 

This was the eighth of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel.

Latest work mixed media worked over and into older work. Titled Where the Wild Things grow - capturing a moment in Life which is at all times bountiful; beautiful yet barbarous at times!


$625

Oil and pen on Canvas 60cm w x 75cm h

'Hope Springs'-  Kay Knights 

This was the seventh of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel.

Titled 'Hope Springs' finished off during home self isolation after visiting Melbourne. Scary strange times - for me it's the stress of not knowing from one week, or day, to the next quite what our future holds. Hopefully by our Spring we will be a little more secure about it all. I think we have a way to go before we are secure again but this painting is my message of hope and resilience. These flowers are all tough and will bloom along the sides of roads with no human care at all - beauty in adversity.  

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Oil and pen on Canvas 60cm w x 70cm h

'We're all in this Together'-  Kay Knights 

This was the sixth of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel.

Still in my 2020 theme - In this troubled time the moon still shines over all of us as we follow our destined paths in these crazy times. The flowers I have chosen are Cherry Blossom which is symbolic of renewal and the fleeting nature of life - their beauty and fragility accepting destiny. The Hawthorn is a sacred tree symbolising love and protection. May our world come together in a better way after this struggle.

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Mixed Media on Canvas 60cm w x 50cm h

'New Paths'-  Kay Knights 

This was the fifth of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel.

Still in my 2020 theme - In this troubled time the moon still shines over all of us as we follow our destined paths in these crazy times. The flowers I have chosen are Iris to symbolise wisdom, courage, hope and faith and the Sedum which is a symbol of peace and tranquillity. My wish for us all.

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Mixed Media on Canvas 80cm w x 60cm h

'After The Storm'-  Kay Knights 2020

This was the fourth of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel.

Still in my Lockdown theme - after this 'storm' passes we will never see things the same way again. Across the world we share the same fears and desires. We still choose to see the light and a way forward or the darkness. I wish for our world some cohesiveness and shared kindness and honesty. Symbolised by Chrysanthemums and Honesty. Honesty has the most beautiful fragile, translucent seed pods and I have loved them for years. Generally, Chrysanthemums symbolise friendship, trust, joy, optimism and longevity - that's a lot for one flower!  

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Oil and Pen on Canvas 60cm x 60cm

 

'I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world'-  Kay Knights 2020

This was the third of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel. The flowers represent my love of the garden and desire to work in it during the Lockdown. The moon is important for me as a symbol of hope shining on us all wherever we are and honeysuckle symbolises happiness.  

$550

Mixed Media on Canvas 

Blue Moon-  Kay Knights 2020

This was the second of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel. The flowers represent my love of the garden and desire to work in it during the Lockdown. The moon is important for me as a symbol of hope shining on us all wherever we are. Distant shores beckon us while fences barricade us.

$525

Mixed Media on Canvas 60cm w x 60cm h

Dreaming-  Kay Knights 2020

This was the first of a series I'm painting this year influenced by the Lockdown that has forced a stop of all planned travel. The flowers represent my love of the garden and desire to work in it during the Lockdown. The moon is important for me as a symbol of hope shining on us all wherever we are.

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Mixed Media on Canvas 60cm w x 90cm h

Landlines-  Kay Knights 2019

The colours of land and sea along the coastline and the lines that imprint our life's journey across land and sea. Fragile and ethereal yet with each one we leave our mark, our fingerprint on life. 

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Oil on Canvas 1100cm w x 1000cm h

Whale Song -  Kay Knights 2018

Night falls  and in the peaceful ocean the whale song drifts through the depths in a timeless symphony heard only by these wonderful creatures - above in the dulling sky stars fall  as moths the colour of moonlight fly off to a distant shore.

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Oil on Canvas 60cm w x 40cm h

Recent Work

Evening Beach Walk -  Kay Knights 2016

The colours of the sea as evening falls and the last rays of sun catch the water; the tumbling colours as the waves wash in; stars appearing as you look up - so close they seem to fall to earth tumbling back to the shore as the last flock of birds fly south.

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Oil on Canvas 90cm w x 70cm h


Beach Walk - Kay Knights 2016

The beautiful blues and ochres of the shoreline trees on the side and boulders in the sea alongside the patterns drawn from below the sand by tiny sea creatures.

For Sale $395

Oil on Canvas 60cm w x 50 cm h


Lake Walk - Kay Knights 2016

The greens and ochres along Lake Ainsworth where the water meets the sky with lazy wind cooling the cola lake.

For sale $250

Acrylic on canvas board - framed under glass

 

Morning Beach Walk -  Kay Knights 2016

Crisp blues and turquoise as the sun breaks through early morning sea mist - like the beginning of time - nature bestowing its timeless blessing on us.


Oil on Canvas


Night Watch - Kay Knights 2016

A sliver of moon hangs low over a beach turned dark while the sky catches blues and violets of the night - stars appear like salt crystals in the sky reflecting tiny stars in the sea.

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Oil on Canvas


 

Flight Lines - Kay Knights 2016

These beaches are home to so many birds, as I walk odd feathers drift gently along the sand, fallen from a stretched wing and now a token of their swoop and dip over waves.  These memories of birds from today and eons ago flutter gently through me.

$295

Oil on Canvas Board framed under glass


Shorelines - Kay Knights 2016

The tumbling blues as you swim through the clear salty water, rolling with bubbles through the surf. Watching the tiny crabs create their artwork on the sand one tiny ball at a time and little crustaceans draw patterns under the sand.

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Oil on Canvas Board - framed under glass


Tideline - Kay Knights 2016

The sea slides in creeping new tides creating frayed edges on the sand – new shapes every minute, every day – but as old as our earth

For sale $115

Acrylic on canvas board - framed under glass 26cmw x 20cm h



Little Things - Kay Knights 2016

Bubbles and foam that lie iridescent for a few seconds on the edge of the water while     tiny creatures busily tunnel below the sand creating their complex patterns as they travel.

For sale $115

Acrylic on canvas board - framed under glass 26cm w x 20cm h


Fallen- Kay Knights 2016

One lone feather drifts on the edge of a wave – coming or going – either way it has fallen from a wing in flight across our shores.

For sale $115

Acrylic on canvas board - framed under glass 26cm w x 20cm h