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Song

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2021
20.5cm x 26cm
acrylic on canvas

Topic: Song

I thought much on this topic and had trouble wrapping my head around it and what to paint.

I was stuck for weeks until I was visited by a Willie Wagtail, which stood outside my window with his feathers spread out.

I was instantly drawn to capture this moment.

Willie Wagtails usually sing at night, especially in the breeding season and on moonlit nights. The sounds they make are high-pitched whistle notes.

Hearing the beautiful singing of these birds reminded me of times I’ve visited and camped on Country.

My elders believe the Willie Wagtail was a sign that visitors were coming, from the direction their tails pointed.

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