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We met these prospectors in the opal mining town of Lightning Ridge.

Mutts & Pups calendar …

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  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterover 5 years ago

    “Lotsa” work went into this one. Like the color Matt.

  • took a lot longer than usual, Mark, but once I start I can’t stop :-)

    – Matt Mawson

  • Murray Swift
    Murray Swiftover 5 years ago

    Colour, composition, technique… all excellent.

  • thanks Murray!

    – Matt Mawson

  • Bruce  Dickson
    Bruce Dicksonover 5 years ago

    What a great scene … love it Matt. Starting to see your vectors as the ‘normal world’ almost, these days. It’s that non vector world that seems strange ,,,

  • thanks Bruce … there’s something alien about Lightning Ridge anyway … this couple and their dogs (the jack russell fetched lumps of rock like our JRs fetch tennis balls) were sitting on the steps of a pub in Lightning Ridge but that didn’t show the context of the environment.

    – Matt Mawson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    Whoa, Matt. Complex, yet you make it look so simple. Your color choices and the subjects are just fantastic. Exceptional work!

  • thanks Fran … we met them in town then again later as we drove around the mining area … mine shafts are scattered everywhere, mainly one- or two-person operations that sometimes inadvertantly meet underground

    – Matt Mawson

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandover 5 years ago

    Just awesome as always….

  • thanks Rita :-)

    – Matt Mawson

  • Frandiana
    Frandianaabout 5 years ago

    Love this one Matt..
    It tells a good story!


  • thanks Fran … jack russells are always ready to play, and this one was no exception, although it played with rocks in the absence of tennis balls!

    – Matt Mawson

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    Awesome. Thankyou for submitting this work to the animals and people group

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