Streeton’s painting uses a typical Australian blue and gold palette to create his sun-drenched landscape. The work, inspired by the expansive view looking towards the Blue Mountains, witnesses the upper reaches of the Hawkesbury River, between Richmond Bridge and Windsor, on a very hot purple hazy day.
On the other hand, the Mallee is, for all practical purposes, completely flat and very low-lying and in summer very hot. Most of the Mallee consists of pink/red sand dunes deposited because of movement of sand blown from the interior of Australia. This movement of sand, particularly on hot windy days, creates a pink/violet/brown haze. I have tried to show this in my painting.