Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Size 24.5 cm x 34.6 cm
Acrylic on Arches paper
This painting was inspired by numerous expeditions on Stuart Highway between Darwin and Adelaide.
The sky is vast, the heat interminable and the desert seems hostile to life and yet these birds thrive.
On one memorable occasion, a flock of budgerigars settled into a tree near my position in the shade. Immediately, they proved impossible to discern within the rippling light and shadow of dense foliage, despite their incessant vocalisations.
I gained a new appreciation for camouflage.