Little Painted Thick Knees

Thick Knees Brampton Island Qld Australia

Long narrow canvases have always appealed to me but are quite difficult to make a painting work. I’m re-arranging my paintings in the house. I came across this one that I had completed after a holiday to Brampton Island quite a while back. It was a happy time with friends and the colours on this rainy weekend reminded me of the warmth of tropical waters.

The thick knee was a perfect sketch for this shape canvas.

The thick knees are a type of curlew. This strange bird cries like a baby in the night and stops dead in it’s track if your come across it and shuts it’s big droopy eyes. A sketchers delight – a bit like the lemur.



Also associated with death by the Aboriginal people.

There are other types of curlew and I came across another in the Desert Park in Alice Springs. I was sitting on an old log sketching one and it gradually came closer and closer. I had hiking boots and I don’t know whether it thought my laces looked like worms but started to pick at them.

Being a drawer has it’s perks you become extremely quiet and spend time studying the subject which makes for some great encounters (of the non-human kind). On the other hand – you could lose your shoelaces







Bird Series

Once again signs became the impetus for these works.  I had taken images of the birds off signs and planted them into the landscape and vice versa, painted the bird from life and placed it out of it’s surroundings and into images of signs depicting the area -as with Shag at Lady Denman. I love the simplified versions of the bird portrayed in signage -such as the bristle bird that is easily recognisable but lends itself to my own interpretation in paint with colour.

Birds are a constant source of fascination for me and one of my very favourite books is Birds by Judith Wright.  It combines wonderful illustrations with Judith Wrights poetry.