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Knowing when to stop

Trying to be more spontaneous when painting plein air. Such a sunny winters day in one of my fave places to hang by the sea. My gouache paints were drying out quickly and the sea water I used in my spray bottle added to the authentic feel I wanted to capture but it just clogged up with sand particles. And sitting on a rock to paint took its toll when I stood up but I needed to feel grounded in nature whilst I worked. It’s so tempting to go back and correct this one but I’ll resist as that’s where the continual learning comes from; knowing how to stop.

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heatwave continues in melbourne

It’s 37 degrees celcius today in Melbourne.  Another hot one and my water bowls are topped up for the local wildlife.

I came across a smallish blue tongue lizard yesterday living in a retaining wall near my clothesline, which is a perfect spot as the local spider community reside there too.  And a couple of days ago I watched as Mr. Echidna meandered from my backyard to the front garden, digging with his nose in the river pebbles and making a big mess; funny to watch.  He was as big as a basketball. Then he scooted up and into my carpet rose bed and I haven’t seen him since.

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Wildlife Magpies

I am in awe of our Victorian magpie families and will post another quick sketch soon from my garden in the heatwave this past weekend.  So adorable watching one bird seeking out where I had left tubs of water for them.  He let me come up very close as he was sipping away in the heat of the day.