Quokka- Foundation Day

Quokka, May 28, 2009 - Foundation Day
Quokka, May 28, 2009 - Foundation Day

Here’s the cover for issue 669 of the Quokka newspaper– the theme was Foundation Day, a public holiday in Western Australia. Like last week’s cover, this is a reference to a famous image- this time it’s a painting by George Pitt Morrison called The Foundation of Perth.

The original painting tells a story from the early history of Western Australia- on the 12th of August 1829, Mrs Helen Dance, the wife of the captain of the HMS Sulphur, cut down a tree to commemorate the founding of the colony. Apparently the tree was close to where the Perth Town Hall now stands. I think that’s the Narrows off in the distance, and Mt Eliza- which is now Kings Park. There’s not a hint of an Aboriginal person anywhere.

Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at www.facebook.com/jamesfoleyillustrations , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at www.jamesfoley.com.au

4 thoughts on “Quokka- Foundation Day”

  1. Hi James, your blog is looking great. Your Quokka illustrations always have some humor in them 🙂 Do you always get a free reign with your ideas? or do you get suggestions aswell? hehe just noticed the quokka asleep under tree 🙂 Could comment on all your other work too as it is really interesting! Your clay work is looking fun and strong. I have done a figurative clay sculptures workshop at FAC a few years ago too, was great. Love doing courses there. Anyway all the best with your blogging! I better get back into it again now my stylefile sub is in. Seeya at Rotto!

    1. Hi Shannon 🙂 sometimes it’s free reign- I’ll just be given a topic- and sometimes the suggestion is more detailed. I’m really enjoying the clay classes, they’re great fun- I find it easier to work in 3D sometimes, because you don’t have to rub out lines and redraw- you just move bits around. I’ll try and paint these sculptures up and post the finished products.

  2. Dear James, I LOVE your Quokka covers!! If you ever decided to publish a book of your best covers I would buy it & pay big bucks too!

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