100 days under canvas, part 6 – sketches

Suddenly, our journey is coming to an end. In two days we will be crossing the Nullarbor Plain on the long trip back to the east coast. Although Nullarbor means ‘no trees’ in Latin that’s not really a true description of the 1200km stretch from Norseman in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. There are parts with low scrub and some with good sized trees, but whatever the scenery it will be a long drive with only a few distractions to recommend it. 

But for now we are in Esperance on the south coast after a couple of days in Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park. The sand in Lucky Bay has the reputation of being the whitest in Australia, which, coupled with intense turquoise water makes for extraordinary beauty. 

The last set of sketches I posted was a month ago, so a lot of ground has been covered since. We have seen an enormous array of wild flowers, from tiny orchids to massive banksias, flowers of every colour, shape and size. There are not a lot of drawings of flowers though, because in general it is not good to pick them, and even if I did, by the time I had the opportunity to sit down and draw them, they would be too wilted. So I took a lot of photos and will do drawings later on. I much prefer to draw from actual objects as photos can distort and misrepresent shape and form. 

Do read the notes on the drawings if you are interested in the locations and proper names of flowers and shells etc. There maybe some I have got wrong and others I couldn’t identify so any information will be gladly received! Once again, this is all done on my phone, so let me know if any oddities have crept in. Some of these drawings have already been shown on Instagram, so do follow me there if you would like to see more, Anna.warren1 is where you will find me. 



100 days under canvas part 5 – flowers 

Western Australia is a unique state in many ways, but one aspect I delight in is the abundance of wild flowers. There is nowhere else in Australia where you can randomly stop at the side of the road – almost any road – and find an array of flowers diverse in colour, shape and form. I have taken photos of hundreds so choosing just a few to show here is tricky. You can Google ‘Western Australian wild flowers’ and come up with a massive array, so I will just show a few that I found particularly interesting or appealing. 

Next post will be back to sketches!