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Tale of the South Sea by secretplanet

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oil on board 40X60 cms. Just completed! still wet even, so please excuse the shiny bits! This has been a long time coming, cos i stopped to have an operation on my right hand halfway through it..
Very observant people might notice that his left wing is shorter than his right: that’s because he’s a Seaworld pelican i photographed last year, & i think they’ve clipped his wing to stop him flying off. I could have painted it the same length as the right, but why not paint him as he is & let that be part of the tale?

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pelican, jewellery, south sea pearls, garnet, sapphire, emerald, gold, australia

“Ria Gilham is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends.”
Betty Nolan, Nolan Art Hobart Tasmania

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