Mulligans Flat held an Open Day for Threatened Species Day on September 9th. People came to meet a bettong, take a walk in the Sanctuary, and find out about the great work the team with MF is doing. The Friends invited me to show my work and do some painting. The nicest part was engaging in conversation with people passionate about the Sanctuary, wildlife and art. I met a young boy who is left-handed and was amazed to see that I was painting left-handed too!
I've been working on a few paintings this month, including this black-fronted dotterel. The dotterels are residents of the big dam. They move so fast they look like they're gliding along the water's edge! I'm planning to do a small series of the birds of the big dam. Next up is a portrait of a pink-earred duck.
Later in the month I visited Banksia Bettong at his home and spent an hour at dusk having a 'photo shoot' for some reference photos. I'm currently working on a painting, but it's not ready for unveiling yet! Banksia seemed quite comfortable with us visiting him - he checked out the camera a few times and gave us a few nibbles in between searching for food in his enclosure.
I was excited at the end of September to receive an offer of exhibition from Strathnairn Gallery. I will have a place to show all of the residency paintings! Strathnairn Gallery is precinct of galleries, studios and a café situated on farmland on the outskirts of Holt, another beautiful part of the 'Bush Capital'.
Meanwhile, spring has sprung in the Sanctuary and there's lots to see - parrots finding hollows to raise this year's young, the shingleback lizards are out sunbaking and the echidnas are busy foraging. Hope you've had some time to visit!