FW: [canberrabirds] Postscript 2

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Postscript 2
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 01:53:33 +0000

This wasn’t the one I was going to offer, but you might find it of interest –



From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Thursday, 12 May 2016 9:19 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Postscript 2


In last night’s talk I touched on the significant, but largely unexplored, subject ‘the use of the incidental bird in landscape painting’.  The point is that a small and distant bird figure can draw the eye and create quite a different effect for the viewer from a view with the bird omitted.  The painter must exercise care to avoid the bird becoming so clear and prominent that it dominates the landscape. Below is an example, a fairly subtle one,  of use of the incidental bird.  Does the bird bear any relation to the incidental marsupials below?


(I shall offer one more example, a more blatant one)



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