Julia Wakefield

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Back in Adelaide, but my head’s still full of mountains


It’s very unsettling spending a month on the other side of the world in the most idyllic environment imaginable. When you get home, you can’t quite believe that your real world is real any more. If you followed my ‘sketchaday’ blog, you’ll know what I’m talking about – and if you’ve been to similar mountain country you’re probably trying to work out how to get back there and live there permanently,  which is exactly what my son did.

So the only way to keep those mountains fresh in my head and to stop myself from becoming morosely mountainsick (never once did I feel homesick while I was over there!), is to draw them.  There is also a major motivation: my talented other half came up with a story that needs to be told, with pictures. This is my first attempt at visualising the pictures in my head, using pastels on grey paper.  There will be more to come, but the story is under wraps for the moment.


  1. Caroline Johnson on October 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Julia. Perhaps this is an exhibitin we need to have. I have the same problem. Back from South Africa and mountain sick. Always was, but managed to suppress for years. Mt Lofty and Flinders dont quite do the job. What about we have a paintathon together?

  2. Julia Wakefield on October 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Caroline, welcome back! Yes, we should keep encouraging each other! Maybe we could work up to an exhibition. ‘In search of the Sublime’.

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