Meadows and picnics

I love Australia, but falling asleep in paddocks of long grass is not a recommended pastime here. Most folks around the world associate Australia with a wide range of exotic animals that will kill you as soon as look at you. It’s a reputation many Aussies are keen to foster from the comfort of their urban pavement latte MacBooks, and it’s not a total exaggeration. Although the statistics show that deaths are rare, a bite from a snake or a spider can really put a dent in your weekend. Sitting sketching for any length of time takes on a whole new level of excitement in the Australian bush. If you sit still long enough, animals forget you’re there. Great when its something you want to see like a platypus, less great when it’s a copperhead choosing to sun itself on the rock beside you.

I miss snoozing outdoors, so here’s a picture painted in France some years ago at a farm my friends had recently bought. Early summer meant lush meadows of wildflowers ready to picnic on and sleep in. Wonderful.

Le Fouilloux I Edge of the Forest, 2003, Acrylic on linen, 82 x 102 cm
Le Fouilloux I Edge of the Forest, 2003, Acrylic on linen, 82 x 102 cm

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