What the Laughing Kookaburra is Laughing At…
As I stepped out of the office last week to go on my lunchtime sketching at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane you can’t help noticing how beautiful the weather is becoming – it’s warming up but not too hot yet, and a slight breeze to cool the skin. Not to mention the beautiful big blue sky too.
It’s a shame having to be stuck in an office, and that is exactly what the kookaburra thought too! He/she could spend all day everyday outside enjoying the world and so took one look at me and laughed for having to be hidden away in an office!
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Cute Australian Wildlife Illustration for World Habitat Day
Today is World Habitat Day and to celebrate here is a cute illustration featuring Z the sleepy Koala, Ringo the Ringtail Possum, Katy Kookaburra and Trent the Long Necked Turtle – hang on what is Trent doing up a tree – that isn’t his habitat is it?!
The kookaburras seemed very active last week at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. So here are some sketches and photos of them from a lunchtime walk last week.
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Koala and kookaburra sketches
Last week on my lunchtime walk at Whites Hill Reserve I was happily getting stuck into some kookaburra sketches and then I noticed a fluffy grey body high up in the tree – this always happens at the end of my lunchtime so it seems its always the last sketch – but I think the kookaburras had warmed me up and so I was able to get a quick cute sketch of the koala.
What do you reckon?
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I love my lunchtime nature walks at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. There is always something to see and sketch.
Here is a lovely kookaburra that allowed me a little time to sketch down some of his little poses as he moved around on the branch.
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Today is World Smile Day and these two little kookaburra friends are having a good laugh together in my cute illustration 🙂
Can I see your Kookaburra sketch? That was the question I was asked on my lunchtime walk today. I showed him so I thought why not show everyone!
I just saw this little chap on a branch and 20 seconds into finding my lines a uht hurtles through the reserve and scares the little bird away. That’s ok my lunchtime was nearly up anyway.
On my walk back, I bumped into the two workman from their uht and one asked what if I was sketching. Er, yes! Then asked what and I replied with kookaburra. He asked if I was any good, and if he could see my sketch.
I find my sketchbooks quite intimate as its my practice at illustrating and moments to myself, so sometimes my sketches are just a horrible mess, and sometimes I’m proud of discovering something that I hadn’t created a few minutes ago. I hate when people ask me if I am any good – for one, good is in the eye of the beholder, and one sketchbook page may not look as good as another page, but also to me ‘good’ is what I aim for everyday so that is why I replied saying I practice everyday. To be good is what drives me on.
He said his daughter was into art and he knows all about it. Putting in the lines first and then all the detail. So I thought if my little furry friend wasn’t scared away then that little more detail may have been developed. But that’s alright because my sketchbook is moments in time and I enjoyed my 20 seconds with the kookaburra.
We went back to UK for Christmas and look what I came across – Laughing Kookaburras and Boing Boing Kangaroo mugs that I previously sent family for Christmas presents a few years ago! These certainly make hot drinks fun!!
To see the full range of merchandise please visit my Cafepress shop pages for Laughing Kookaburras or Boing Boing Kangaroo.
I have just finished another sketchbook! A little A6 one that I carry around with me. I love going back through my sketches and seeing what I did whether I like it or not and learn and move on.
So I am going to post some images from this sketchbook, but I will do it in stages, and I will start with the kookaburra that I see on my lunchtimes!
Being an active member of Mount Gravatt Environment Group
I was asked to create some colouring in sheets for an upcoming workshop at Mount Gravatt Library on the exciting new ‘Pollinator Link’ initiative. Pollinator Link is focused on people planting native vegetation in their backyards in order for pollinators (birds, butterflies and bees) to move freely between them. This then creates a chain link of gardens for the pollinators to move freely between various bushlands. And to learn more about this head over to the workshop this month at the library.
So I concentrated on the birds and butterflies and made these funky colouring in sheets. All this month kids will be colouring them in at story time. I can’t wait to see some coloured in..!! 🙂
|Pollinator Link colouring in sheet – Birds
|Pollinator Link colouring in sheet – Butterflies
I also created the ‘Pollinator Link’ logo that you can at the bottom right of each sheet. I will make a separate post on this at a later date so please check back often to see that!