Small green frog – thinks he’s a handsome prince

hairy chook

Weird hairy chicken


Turkey with over decorated head


Small green frog – happy just to be a small green frog.


Fishbones from Darwin Museum


Scrub Turkey with moderately decorated head.


Children’s Python – not because they eat them, because they play with them


Brahman Bull profile


Quiet Wallaby – confused by sound of flowing water


Apostle Birds – because they hang around in groups of twelve


Fluro Blue Butterfly


Blue Faced Fig Bird with bad haircut


Poor old camp dog –  may have been bitten by a snake at some stage. The cure was to cut off the tips of the ears and tail to bleed out the poison! Or maybe he’s just the victim of too many camp fights.


Big Pig

4 thoughts on “STRANGE ANIMALS

  1. John, I was just checking out your website and noticed you have the blog listed on there! You may have had it on there for a while and I just didn’t notice :). I also noticed some new things on your website – like the preserving your paintings page – maybe you’ve had that on there and I just haven’t noticed that either – not sure. But I was very interested in what you wrote on there because I’ve been experimenting with wax on different pieces of furniture and old things I’ve bought and I got to wondering if it would work on my watercolor paintings – well low and behold you wrote about that! I was wondering what brand you used – you mention beeswax based but I wasn’t sure if there were a few brands you would recommend. I realize too we may not have the same brands here in the USA but just thought I would ask any ways. Thanks for all your willingness to share your knowledge – I’ve learned a lot from you over the years!

    • Hi Sandi,
      The wax varnish I use is the Art Spectrum brand, made here in Australia. There are a few online outlets for AS art materials in the US. Winsor and Newton also make a bees wax varnish – not sure what they call it?
      I spoke to the chemist at Art Spectrum and was told their varnish is just refined bees wax and a solvent to make it spreadable.
      I have carefully heated beeswax to a liquid and added around 40% gum turpentine to produce a wax suitable for sealing paintings. You have to be careful though, liquid beeswax and gum turpentine is a pretty volatile mixture! – no naked flame.

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