Emus wander through town every summer. A close look at their feathers and features is a must if I am going to paint or stitch images of them.
Bottle brush flowers need a close inspection before creating artwork involving them, as they are so delicate and the long bristles are delightfully coloured.
There are myriads of rock pools at low tide, where clams and many shells congregate. A wonderful way to spend time is to peer into them and view these amazing creatures.The birds and fish are also plentiful, and yes, it is a protected area, so pristine and looking good. Flowers and wildlife are plentiful and provide close encounters which give me more awareness of their features, so that I can depict them with clarity. I prefer not to draw the shapes to follow,but to sew directly onto the cloth, so it is helpful to know the subject well, and to draw patterns to on paper to follow.