Camels are my favourite animals (after my children...) I have always loved painting them, but it's been a while since I have.
Most of my old camels were black ink on white canvas with no background. So I was keen to try this old fella with a bit of a hazy outback backdrop.
The photo which I worked from was taken when a dear friend, a new friend from the States and I drove about twenty hours north west of here through some vast and beautiful landscape to the Boulia Camel Races. What a blast.
Poor Anne from USA didn't know what she was in for when she agreed to that adventure... and there were times when her eyes gave away that she seriously doubted that she would make it out alive. But I am glad to say that we delivered her back to civilisation healthy and fine with (I like to think) the start of an appreciation of what it is like in that massive part of Australia where there are no major cities, no beaches, no MacDonalds, and often no neighbors for miles...