Saturday, February 26, 2011

Taronga Zoo Sketches

Watercolour and ink 13.5 x 21 cms

How do you entertain your mother? Take her to the Zoo of course! That was what my darling daughter did while I was visiting her in Sydney and I can't think of a treat I've enjoyed more.

The main attraction was new zoo babies - an elephant and a gorilla.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Unfortunately the baby wouldn't stand still and looks more like an anteater in my sketch. You can see photos of the real baby HERE.

I love the giraffes. They did stand still.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

I didn't think I'd ever be promoting a zoo because I've always found them such depressing places but Sydney is doing a marvellous job with its famous Taronga Zoo, located on prime real estate on the edge of Sydney Harbour. The new enclosures are beautiful and there are endless opportunities to get up close to the birds and animals. It was only the old man gorilla I couldn't look in the eye. Even a gilded cage is still a cage.
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