Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Armchair Tourist - Down Under

Sunset in the Australian Outback
This is the very last sketch from the sketchbook project that I haven't already used to illustrate some post or another. And for that reason, this week we will mostly be travelling armchair stylee to Australia!

The reason above aside, I actually would very much love to go to Australia.  It is one of those places that is always on the itinerary on a round the world trip and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't make it there to get it out of my system when I was younger.  At a company I used to work for, they actually offered year long transfers to their Sydney office, setting you up with accommodation and guaranteeing that you would still have a job back in Ireland on your return.  A couple of my work colleagues did actually go and had the time of their lives.  Instead, I quit that job and went to Liverpool to live. Don't ask.

Anyway, this picture was taken from this photo - another one sourced from the paint my photo website of course!

Credit: Helen Vanderwoude

So interesting, if somewhat useless, things that I know about Australia (and some I Googled!):

  • Perth was the birthplace of my favourite actor of all time, the lovely and sadly deceased Heath Ledger  
  • Home and Away is the only soap opera I watch and I only watch it because everyone is pretty and it is set on a sunny Australian beach - unlike British soaps which are miserable and depressing.
  • Three girls I knew at school have married Australians and are happily living the dream down under!
  • Australia is the smallest of the world's seven continents
  • It is the largest island in the world
  • Australia was the second country to give women the vote
  • Britain chose Australia as a penal colony for settlement after losing the American War of Independance
  • Ned Kelly - was an infamous Irish-Australian son of a convict who is a folk hero in Australia and the lovely Heath Ledger played him in the 2003 version of the movie of the same name
  • They have their winter during our summer
  • It would take approximately 19 hours to fly to Australia from Belfast (not including stop overs)
  • The idea that water flows down the sink in the opposite direction in Australia is a myth.
I've no idea where my arm chair travels will take me next week (because I haven't painted anywhere else yet!) but stay tuned to see if I can whip something up over the weekend!


  1. Ooh I also have this huge inkling to get my butt to Australia, seriously. Who doesn't right, lol. We looked into it in December right before my birthday which was that same month. I admit, 2 tickets from Miami to there was out of the budget at the time but now I know and will make it happen somehow. I'll punch a unicorn if I have too – okay maybe not, they're too awesome.

    As well, I love the painting, color and texture you added to it, interesting to see the reference photo.

  2. Australia is definitely on the top of our list of places we hope to go! A dear friend of mine stayed there for 6 months while earning some certifications (she now owns a Pilates studio here in the states) and I know if she could have, she never would have come home - she LOVED it.

    And I love the sun on the water in your illustration!

  3. I love traveling, and my cousin is currently studying abroad in Australia and loving every minute of it! What a great sketch, I love the colors and your technique.

  4. Paper Squid - I get how much you must want to go if you're willing to punch a unicorn!! Seriously, I would so love to go. mind you, I would swap you Miami for Bangor any day too!

    Drama Mama, your friend sounds interesting - I've never done pilates but I keep reading about how all the famous folk with lovely lean limbs all do it religiously!

    Katie, I envy your cousin and I agree I love travelling too - I just wish I'd done more of it before real life got in the way! Thanks for your comments on my picture.


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