In the middle of all the hubbub that was Christmas eve I managed to get myself to the Wittunga Botanic Garden in the Adelaide Hills for some lone sketching. I was so shocked at the sight of a koala sitting on the ground just next to the footpath that I almost didn’t sketch him.
Koala and garbage bin. The latter designed with a cover to keep possums and other inquisitive animals from getting into the bins.
Wonderful to see this chap. Probably a male, as it was very big, easily up to my knee in height. That’s a waterbowl next to him so I assume he came down for a drink. The garden is fully fenced and dogs are prohibited, which is why you see this individual being so relaxed.
After obliging me for sitting for his portrait I moved on to the shelter of a small covered picnic table to sketch my main subject of the day the trees.
Here they are in the order that I sketched them. I deliberately went as fast as I could from one study to the next.
Clouds building up, watercolour, 22 April 2019
Three paintings of gum trees at the Gibraltar Falls picnic area, Easter Monday.
Three young trees, watercolour.