I thought that they could travel with me when I visit my sister in Canberra, they take up virtually no space.
I've also bought some acyclic inks after reading Genies art blog http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/ and am inspired to give these a whirl at some stage, bought from here http://www.dickblick.com/products/daler-rowney-fw-acrylic-water-resistant-artists-ink/.
Any way its my first play with water colour in a very very long time. I chose as a subject the leafy sea dragon which is native to South Australian waters and is frequently found in the area of Normanville and the Fleurieu Peninsula. As kids we spent a lot of time holidaying in this region , particularly Second Valley and snorkelled in the seaweed beds and occasionallly found such creatures as the leafy sea dragon and seahorses. It was always a special day when you saw one of these wondrous creatures.
The leafy sea dragon is approximately 28cm in size. It is considered to be an endangered species and is native to south Australian waters.
Marine life sanctuaries are being expanded in Australian waters to protect these and other species. The marine parks will cause some disruption to the habits of recreational fishermen and has become a contentious issue. I am a person whom enjoys fishing but can see the value and worth of preserving the natural habitats of marine life in parks and fishing hatchery areas - you always hope that you children's children will be able to marvel and wonder at the beauty that is at their doorstep.
Bounty of the sea caught from Second Valley jetty. Squid and Tommy Ruff. (Now known as Australian Herring)
For more information on the leafy sea dragon or marine parks the Adelaide Review March 2012 put out an interesting article.
Back to playing with colour before I head off to work. See ya!