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Habitat Association’s Margaret O’Toole’s Art Exhibition

At the Gallery Cafe Surry Hills one of the inner Sydney suburban townships, Margaret O’Toole exhibited several water-colour paintings.

The exhibition was on  the 5th of October 2012 and was a fantastic display of her art.

Pictured below is Pearl Williams, Curator of the exhibition.

Curator of Habitat Art Exhibition

Pearl Williams

 

“Galah” a Margaret O’Toole Watercolour 2012

The Galah or Cacatua roseicapilla, is a very common bird throughout Australia. It is an elegant bird standing between 34 and 38 cm tall. With a soft pink breast and grey wings the colour of ash, they can often be seen to changing colour when traveling together in flight.

Their natural habitat is grassland, woodland, scrubland and farmland. However, it is not common to see these birds in urban areas and even in the City. They are a nomadic species, but will not go too far from water.

Galah

Margaret has depicted her Galah in the woodlands. New South Wales has large expanses of woodlands, both east and west of the Great Divide.

On the Central Coast where Margaret lives, Galahs are a fairly common sight, especially in the spring. Often they are seen on grass reserves near the estuaries and lakes foraging for grass seeds in spring’s golden sunlight.

Comments by David Holland

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla), female, looking ...

Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla), female, looking out from nesting hollow, Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pair of Lorikeets by Margaret O’Toole

Two Rainbow Lorikeets at Newport Aquarium. Thi...

Two Rainbow Lorikeets at Newport Aquarium. This subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet is also called Forsten’s Lorikeet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Water colour painting can produce some amazing pieces of artwork. Margaret again has chosen birds as a subject for her water-colour.

This depicts two Australian native birds. A Rainbow Lorikeet with the yellowy Green neck frill and the slightly larger northern territory variety called the Red-collared Lorikeet.

Rainbow Lorikeet

The rainbow lorikeet is a common sight on the Central Coast of NSW in Australia and was the star of the show in the Currumbin sanctuary years ago when an enterprising family opened their back yard up to the public to show the spectacle of feeding these pretty birds.

Cranes – Long Life and Happiness by Margaret O’Toole

The crane is depicted as a symbol of Long Life and Happiness.

Margaret Ellem (nee O’Toole) has depicted the crane in this pen and watercolour painting.

She has depicted the cranes in this painting as Long Life and happiness.

Long Life and Happiness

Buff Point from a distance – by Margaret O’Toole

Another watercolour from our member artist Margaret O’Toole.

This painting is of the sleepy Central Coast locality of Buff Point. The painting is of a view looking across Budgewoi Lake from the Toukley Bridge. Normally with this view one wouldn’t pick up the diversity of colour Margaret has found in this depiction of the landscape across the lake.

The northern part of the Central Coast in New South Wales is a beautiful and restful place with several saltwater lakes, although shallow, provide good vistas and excellent boating in sheltered waters.

I remember one still morning taking my own boat across from the far shore in the painting, south past the bridge and to the opening of the Wyong River, twice the distance again from Buff Point to the Bridge. On this morning the water was like glass and the boat was on the plane breaking the stillness of the water as it glided southward.

 

By David Holland

Looking towards Buff Point from Toukley Bridge

Eastern Rosella by Margaret Ellem

Yet another artwork by one of our Habitat artists,

Mararet Ellem (O’Toole) has painted a lifelike watercolour of the Eastern Rosella.

The Eastern Rosella is often seen in the Sydney regions of New South Wales Australia.

You can see these birds foregoing in trees in this area. Margaret probably found this one near her home on the Central Coast of NSW.

Art from Amanda Anderson

Amanda is based on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia.

The Habitat Association arts director Margret Ellem was so impressed with her work that we have included some of her work on our blog site.

Playing on the Beach

Reflections of a lighthouse

Sunset on the water

Any inquiries about Amanda’s art contact us at the Habitat Association for Arts and Environment and we will forward your detail to Amanda.