Megan Hitchens at the Choose yourself exhibition

This exclusive exhibition of fine art is for only 8 artists, giving them the opportunity to show their unique works. Megan has used a drawing style for these two drawing called the  Zentangle drawing method. For more information about this style see the link

Choose-Yourself-Flyer   T6


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The Exhibition flyer for the time and place is available on the following link. Click to view or reproduce for your friends: Choose-Yourself-Flyer


Margaret O’Toole’s Cute and dangerous Australian Wildlife Collection

These are just a taste of the wonderful watercolours Margaret has been producing lately.

What a wonder of expressions.

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Margaret would like to acknowledge a Photograph by Vivien Jones that was in the Australian Geographic Magazine Issue 95 July- Sept 2009 which was the inspiration for the style of the grey faced flying fox water-colour.

These are some of just a few of the watercolours planed to be published in a book still in its planning and design stages where Margaret is co-author with Ray Rauscher.

The book will be called “Life lines” containing Margaret’s paintings accompanied by poetry from Ray Rauscher’s collection.

Some of Ray’s Poetry can be viewed at Habitat Association’s Poet’s Corner



Introducing Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith is a metal worker artist. I first saw his art at the Wyong Creek community Hall during the Yarramalong Spring festival in 2013, but held every year starting in late August and running for two weeks culminating in the first Saturday in September with the judging of the scare crow competition.

Yarramalong is a small town some 10 kilometres west of the bigger town Wyong situated in the northern parts of the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

In the hall there were a number of displays, art, wood sceptres and Ken’s unusual metal sceptres fashioned with horse shoes.

Below are a few of his work that was on display

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On meeting Kenneth I was able to find out the reason why a saw a mill saw blade set as a sculpture at a property further west up the beautiful Yarramalong valley. This sculpture perched at the intersection of Ravenswood Road and Cedar Brush Road further west past  the township of Yarramalong turns out to be his home. He tells me that at one stage he used to run a saw mill on the property.

The Yarramalong valley is certainly worth a visit. If you visit during the Spring festival time you will see a large number of scare crow sculptures, all original and different every year.

If you are up that way and interested in purchasing any of the sculptures, Kenneth would be happy to talk to you about his work.

By David Holland

Flower and Stem by Margaret O’Toole

This is a beautiful watercolour painting by Margaret of flower and stems in a dark background.

Flowers and Stems

Flowers and Stems

Margaret O’Toole’s Jabiru

The Australian Jabiru is similar and sometime confused with the subsaharan Africa “Jabiru”. The Australian bird is called the ‘Asian Black-necked Stork (ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) while the African Jabiru, while similar is called the Saddle-billed Stork (ephippiorhynchus senegalensis).

A town in the Northern Territory of Australia is named after this bird and is surrounded by the famous Kakadu National park. This town was originally the base town for the nearby ERA Ranger uranian mine. The ore body for the mine was discovered in 1969. The mining of uranium has been very controversial in Australian politics for many years, particularly in the 1970’s.

The Jabiru bird is found in the area.



This painting is entitled, “Sunrise Silhouette from top end – Jabiru”. It is a depiction of this wading bird on a pool feeding.

It is fascinating how Margaret has shown the ripples in the water as though the bird has been standing waiting for movement under the water. It has just struck, but unfortunately for the bird, breakfast is not available yet.

It is a magical painting depicting the early morning as the first light of the day shines in the sky signifying a new day.

Shore Thyme Art Exhibition

Margaret O’Toole has exhibited some of here watercolour work recently.

Following are some of her work that were exhibited at the Noah Head exhibition.

Gouldian Finches by Margaret O'Toole

Gouldian Finches by Margaret O’Toole

Kookaburra by Margaret O'Toole

Kookaburra by Margaret O’Toole

Margaret is a faithful contributor to this web page and vice president of the Habitat Association.


The Castle by Margaret O’Toole

Margaret has painted in water-colour one man’s dream not realised.

The Castle

The Castle Buff Point This is a photograph of the building, derelict, deserted and rejected by the building surveyors at the local council.

The story goes, that a young doctor wanted to build a house overlooking a beautiful lake. The plan was that house was to be perched on a high point overlooking the lake. So he purchased this land.

Over the years and with every spare moment, he would plan, and every weekend and holiday time bring building materials to the site.

This was at a time before any other houses were in the area and the story goes that he would bring these materials by wheel barrow from one of the local railway stations.

The thing is he chose to take the materials from Tuggerah station instead of the closer Wyong station. We can only speculate how he got the materials to the house.

There used to be a small fairy running the lakes many years ago and it used to take passengers from a small jetty on the lake about 1 kilometer from the Tuggerah station to the The Entrance, a rather original name for a town perched on the eastern and seaward side of the lakes near the entrance in the lakes to the sea.

We can only assume that this intrepid doctor would trundle the material to the jetty in his wheel barrow and hire the fairy boat to take these material up the large Tuggerah Lake to a smaller lake to the north, Budgewoi Lake, being the middle lake of the three lake system.

Once there the doctor would need to carry, several bricks at a time or bags of cement up the steep hill to the site of the house.

Year after year he must have worked to build this brick and concrete edifice.

But the story gets very sad. The dream house was for him to share with his wife, but she died, leaving him an elderly man with a half-finished house.

No-one is sure whether he is still alive in 2013 or whether there is an heir to the property. It just lays derelict. In recent years as the remote location has become a regular suburb or locality on the shores of the lake, school children have started to play on the site, so the local council has, in the interest of safety, erected potable fencing around the site, with an order that the house can never be completed because council standards have not been followed even though these standards were formulated years after the house was started.

The end result will be that if the property is ever to be developed this peace of the Central Coasts of New South Wales’ history will be pulled down and lost forever.


by David Holland

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