News

Painting the prehistoric Clarence

Artist Dr John Jackson is at the Surfing The Coldstream.
Artist Dr John Jackson is at the Surfing The Coldstream. Debrah Novak

PAINTING the formation of the Clarence River was on John 'The Rock Doctor' Jackson agenda at Surfing the Coldstream.

"We're painting the rocks that give the source of sand for the Clarence and all the beaches up to Fraser Island,” Mr Jackson said.

"I've called it Sand Factory.”

The collaborative painting, or Prehistoric Storytelling, was drawing all types of people to Mr Jackson's stall at the Yamba festival where they could join in to paint the history of the Clarence River.

This isn't the full time artists first trip to Surfing the Coldstream.

"We were here last year and we had so much fun we had to come back,” he said.

"We have a ball because we have little youngsters come in here and they just love painting.

"Last year I thought we were going to pack up at 5 o'clock but we were still here at 7.”

The Rock Doctor artwork
The Rock Doctor artwork Caitlan Charles

Mr Jackson does a lot of workshops with children as part of his Prehistoric Storytelling.

"Last year I did a workshop at Palmers Island Primary, I did one at Wooli and one at Grafton Primary,” he said.

"This year I've been doing them up in Southern Queensland and I'm also doing some with grown ups.

"Last week I did one with Colour Australia and we did the history of the Brisbane River.”

Mr Jackson said he loves to do artwork about the formation of rivers, rocks, beaches and the earth.

"It's a great way of communicating with people about what's under our feet,” he said.

"I think it's so important what's under our feet because it's what we rely on for food, it's what we rely on for water, it's what we rely on for energy.

"We spend so much of our money and time worrying about radio signals and telephone signals in the air that everybody has forgotten about what is under our feet.

"My whole purpose really is to push an information system or techniques that people can talk about and find out what is under our feet.”

Last year, Mr Jackson's painting was quilted by the ladies at the Yamba Museum and is hanging up, he's still unsure about where this years Rock Doctor painting of the Clarence will end up.

Topics:  clarence river john jackson john 'the rock doctor' jackson prehistoric storytelling surfing the coldstream



Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Nationals will not stop Essential Energy job cuts

Essential Energy workers are facing forced redundancies within weeks, according to unions.

Nationals leader rules out blocking Essential Energy's 600 job cuts

Where there's a will, there's $75,000 for orphanage

A man has left a third of his $232,000 estate to the Grafton orphanage.

St Joseph's Cowper children's home receives $75,000 from will

Local Partners

Grandparents Day recognises the special roles they play

"AS the story tellers and the holders of knowledge of our culture, it's their role to pass that down to the children."


Bringing their Magic Mojo to Grafton

MAGIC: Head down to Roches Family Hotel for a brilliant mix of '70s, '80s and '90s music by Magic Mojo, a Coffs Coast band using their experience to give a brilliant performance.

Powerful trio to lift the top off Roches Hotel tonight

Catch Saturday night fever at the South Club

GEEZ WIZZ: Get your dancing shoes on for the UK Bee Geez Show.

The UK Bee Geez Show delivers a realistic tribute to pop legends

Audience in for a rare treat from husband and wife duo

Husband and wife Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are playing at home this weekend for an intimate gig at the Pelican Playhouse.

"We love playing these up close and personal acoustic shows”

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!