Travelling talent: Carol Court, Alayne Burnett and Charlotte Russell enjoy the picturesque town of Allora.
Travelling talent: Carol Court, Alayne Burnett and Charlotte Russell enjoy the picturesque town of Allora.

Allora captured in paint

SWAYING river gums, heavy horses and heritage-listed houses all featured in Ballina’s artists’ drawings as they interpreted the Southern Downs through charcoal and paint.

The Daily News caught up with Carol Court, Alayne Burnett, Charlotte Russell and Anna Mayze as they enjoyed the picturesque town of Allora drawing the Blue Cow Hotel Motel.

“It is a lovely quiet town. A pretty little place where we can sit quietly and do our art,” Mrs Burnett said.

“It’s just a nice little scene and it’s such a lovely building.”

The four artists perched up around town admiring Allora’s historic streetscape after they decided to take a drive from their accommodation at Hope Cottege, Leslie, with Bill and Sue Goddard.

Mrs Burnett visited Hope Cottage after her cousin Sue Cowley’s funeral last year and thought it would be the perfect destination for her friends.

“It’s a lovely place. We have been painting animals, heavy horses and dos and lovely old buildings on the property,” Mrs Burnett said.

Mrs Russell said they admired the beautiful Condamine River yesterday morning where they were able to paint river gums which they don’t have along the coast at Ballina.

“It’s our first time travelling away from home to paint and we have really enjoyed this trip,” Mrs Russell said.

Their visit ends today after a few days in the region and will head to Tenterfield on their way home.



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