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  • Writer's pictureBeverley Skurulis

Family Gathering on the Yule river.

No.70. In my series of short stories.

Aborigines-Children-Dogs enjoying a family gathering on the Yule river
Family Gathering on the Yule river.

A great Family gathering on the Yule river south of Port Hedland in Western Australia's Pilbara region.


We had been out and about after a cyclone, it was always extremely interesting to see the changes in the terrain. The rivers would often take another route and wash away river banks exposing new dirt to explore. It was a few days after the cyclone so things had settled down somewhat. The water was a slow flow instead of a raging torrent. I sat on the rocks with my art gear and did some rough outlines on a small drawing pad so that I could remember that day when we arrived back home, sometimes after weeks away. My husband would get out his Minelab gold detector, my detector didn't get used so much I was always more interested in my art and my surrounds.


This painting was done on 360grm Cold Pressed Archers Watercolour paper. I always purchase a 10mtre roll and it is around 2mtrs wide so I have a lot of flexibility on the size of each piece. The painting itself was 1.8m long and around 50cm high it was painted in watercolour and gouache, the gouache gives it the strength of colour.


It's wonderful how my art preserves moments in my families lives and brings back such strong emotions and memories. I have created not just a painting, but a portal to that special day on the Yule River, where every brushstroke holds a story and every hue carries a memory. I really enjoy making up these scenes and every time I look at them I can remember the day, the people, the red dirt, the flys and the fun the kids had.

It sure was a great life.

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May 28
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Another fab pic/story Beverley. Cheers, Glen

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Pamela Skurulis
Pamela Skurulis
May 28
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

It was an awesome life. I still remember the time after a flood when we had lunch by the river and I looked up and there was a sheep hanging in the tree, at least 20ft above is. Those were the days the stations still had sheep in the Pilbara.

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