Citizen of the Outback
From Healesville, Melbourne, Australia
Pastels – 12×16
With my limited soft-pastel experience I made bold to capture a shy teen emu at the Healesville Sanctuary near Melbourne.
This curious citizen of the Australian outback was undeterred in its attempt to take a peck at my camera lens – I tried to keep my distance lest fingers or face be maimed by such self-inflicted intimacy. I heard teen visitors calling this bird “ugly” but I found my subject to be both a beautiful and obedient model. Worked this through the weekend Chicago snowstorm – Soft pastel on paper, 12 x 16.
Check out my new travel/art book Rambles into Sacred Realms out in April 2015