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WATER -COLOR EXHIBITION
Mr. Bardwell Clarke's Art — WESTRALIAN HAUNTS
' Delightful studies of bush, hill, and stream are to be seen in an exhibition of water-color paintings from the brush of Mr. C. S. Bardwell Clarke, which will be opened on Friday at his studio, Sheffield House.
Mr. Clarke has always shown himself an enthusiastic admirer of the natural beauties of Western Australia, .and when he takes a holiday his paint-box invari ably accompanies him to some well favored haunt. Prominent among liis latest batch of pictures are a couple of charming views secured in the Toodyay district. 'Key Farm,' an old homestead how used as a guefjt-house, is shown amid its picturesque 'setting of fertile hills and valleys. Green fields, blue skies and fleecy white clouds help to make up n restful impression of rural peace and contentment. VIEWS. OF THE STIRLINGS The Stirling Ranges, a tourist resort which is rapidly gaming popularity, pre sented Mr. Clarke with material for sev eral studies ma-5e from different view points. One of these depicts the chain of peaks as seen from a distance of a few miles, with the majestic Toolbrunup towering into the blue. In this picture, too, the artist has conveyed deftly the peculiar sucression of descending ridges passed over in approaching the lower slopes of the ranges. The lakes at Rottnest, a locality emi
nently calculated to 'catch the eye of an artist, are shown to advantage in 'After Glow On the Lakes,' in which the reflection across the water of the beams from the distant lighthouse- is prettily reproduced. The Swan River has afforded Mr. Clarke scope for seyeral pleasing prospects. One of these, gained from King's Park near the Crawley Baths, shows the narrow western end of South Perth in the middle distance, a pair of white-winged yachts, on the move, and the bluish hills stretching away in thp far background. In this, as in 'Sun- set, Mill Point,' the artist has caught the mellow glow of evening happily. 'The Last of the Swamps' and 'Winter' arc two pleasant views executed along the Crawley shore. The last-named deplcw
calm shallows, graceful trees, and a glimpse of distant ranges. The Canning River is seen in a vista secured from Mount Pleasant KING'S PARK STUDIES 'Glorious Spring,' a King's Park study, shows the golden wattle at tne height of its splendor, with a peep of the river beyond, and 'Blue and Gold' reveals another bit of the Park. In the Darling Ranges Mr. Clarke has found more subjects to his liking. 'Natures Blue Carpet' pays tribute to the beauty of leschenaultia, while 'Above the Helena Valley' is a notable impression of rugged hillsides. A couple of red flowering gum studies, 'Gibraltar Rock, Porongorups,' and an attractive picture of 'Culham,' the old homestead of the Phillips family, are other interesting fea tures of the exhibition, which will re main open for some weeks.