I had a fabulous day out with my parents today: the weather was excellent so we went by ferry to visit the home, and now a museum, of an inspirational Australian children’s artist/author, May Gibbs. You can find out more about her here.
She’s most famous for writing and illustrating the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie series of children’s stories which have been published as books and, with their friends, as comic strips. She’s unusual in that she supported herself (with her art) in the 1920’s at a time when women often didn’t work for a living – she seems a very determined person, and passionate about painting.
I don’t have her talents for caricatures or for creating characters from flowers and animals but I thought I would try a native marsupial for today’s sketch, one we saw in North Queensland a few years ago whilst on holiday. This is a Pademelon, which while it looks a lot like a kangaroo is actually quite small (about 2 feet tall) and mostly nocturnal. They’re very cute and the ones where we stayed were quite tame, eating banana skins and fruit almost from my hand.