The Great Oz Eddventure #58 – “Big Talk One Fire” Indigenous Cultural Festival in Cairns

On 20 August we arrived in Cairns for one night for the start of our North Queensland trip.  We saw a leaflet in our hotel advertising a monthly (always the last Friday) indigenous festival.  In August it was actually a special extended 5 day festival, and so we had to go and see the opening of the event. I am […]

The Great Oz Eddventure #56 – Twilight Tour of the National Botanic Gardens

Yesterday evening Hazel and I went on a guided tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.  It was great to be able to see the place by torch light, and our guide was ever so knowledgeable of both fauna and flora.  We tasted the fruit of ‘snottygoggles’ and saw a Tawny Frogmouth and Sugar Glider!  To […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Weeks 5 and 6

I thought that I would link these two weeks together.  Firstly because all the work that I did over the last two weeks can be grouped together, and secondly I will unfortunately be missing next week’s session so I will get up to date now, and then restart the next Storytelling blog post when I […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 4/14

This was a very enjoyable productive non stop drawing week for me.  Firstly, through the observation work I am building confidence in carrying my sketchbook around with me, and even talking to people about what I am doing.  This weeks observation work was about body language, and these five are my favourite observational sketches of […]

The Great Oz Eddventure #55 – Wedge Tailed Eagles en route to Tidbinbilla

And there they were again, the magnificent Wedge Tailed Eagles of the Tidbinbilla region.  I couldn’t believe they were just waiting, perched on a branch, for me.  Thankfully on this occasion I had time to get my camera out, and even able to get to within 10 metres of the birds, to produce the below photos:

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 3/14

Firstly, I must just say that the cafe in the School Of Art at the ANU has the most chocolaty tastiest Mocha I have had to date in Canberra, mmm!  So every Monday morning I will now be having one of these before the lesson! In the lesson we focused on collages and caricatures.  Here is my caricature […]