75 cm x 55 cm, conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground Canson paper.
Date produced: May 2002
A Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo flies slowly along the valley. Walking across the footbridge, which stretches across the valley through the cleared area shown in the drawing, often makes me feel as though I am floating, or flying. I deliberately didn’t draw in the bridge, and wanted to draw the scene as if I were floating without the bridge holding me up (which is why I wanted to show the point directly below me). I’ve used a very wide-angled curved-space view, with an exaggerated ‘aerial perspective’ (within the colouring), to help express the forms, structures, and hopefully even the ‘breathing’ air around everything.
Drawn partly on-site, in the pine forest at Flinders University, and drawn partly within my studio at home. This drawing was developed fairly directly from an earlier drawing. A more complete explanation of its development can be found within the Documented Development of a Major Drawing section.
This drawing was entered in the Art Gallery of New south Wales’ 2002 Wynne Prize. Unfortunately, it was not selected as one of the finalists for hanging.