Blue bellied parrot
I came back to finish off the rainbow lorikeet after working on other drawings. In the interim the colours seemed to have faded a bit and started to lift off. The bursting pinboard beside it had started to encroach as well. There were notes stuck on with sticky tape and hastily scrawled messages - "keep the takeaway containers coming, thx!" The tide of information was rolling in over the dormant image. I gently shifted a few notes back so I could finish the drawing. I softened the message in red about takeaway containers in the bottom left of the whiteboard and allowed it to show through the text I laid over it. I couldn't resist slapping on a bit more colour here and there to bring the bird back to life and help him stand his ground against the rowdy clutter next door. This was certainly a much busier noticeboard than others I had work with. It is in the kitchen of a crowded open plan office where many of the librarians work. It may prove a tougher spot for such a drawing to survive.
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Dominique Dunstan is a reference librarian and artist. She works at the State Library of Victoria and has recently completed the Jane Nicholas Staff Fellowship.