On the previous mentioned 'trip to Canberra' I decided it might be nice to check out their zoo. (Exactly - Canberra does have a zoo). It has fantastic big open spaces an amazing collection of zebras, cheetahs, bears, lions, tigers and monkeys. But I was really taken with the giraffes - to see them with the Australian landscape as a backdrop was quite surreal. Here's some visuals:
So then I found myself painting this (although I 'm not sure if it's what I wanted it to be).
I'll have to look at it again in a week... (the colour isn't this murky).