Last week I completed the first whiteboard drawing. It is based on John Cotton's Great Spotted Honeysucker, from his second sketchbook, held in the manuscripts collection at SLV. This bird is commonly known as the Little Wattlebird today. There are several living in my front garden at home. They are noisy, bossy and agile, and love grevillea flowers. The image is located in Collection Interpretation, Armstrong
I have started two more, a blue bellied parrot (rainbow lorrikeet) after sarah stone, from John White's Journal of a voyage to New South Wales : with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions. What a great title.
These birds hang out in the big Lilli Pillys next door. How can something so bright be so invisible? It is nearly impossible to see them up in the trees. I thought this plumage was to make them stand out but clearly it is meant to camouflage. This image is located in the kitchen at the east end of Armstrong Level 4.
Little bit more to go on this one.
The third image is based on a work by Gould, of Grey's Wallaby, and one by Lesueur of the Kangaroo Island emu. Both animals are now extinct. This drawing is located in east IRG, at the east end of Swinburne Level 2.
12/11/2012 05:56:17 am
Wonderful work, Dominique. I really appreciate the respect you've paid to the natural beauty of these animals.
1/14/2013 05:54:50 am
Nice work Dominique. I am amazined what you you can do with a white board marker!
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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.