Why a Rooster?

The 20-21-22 November 2015, Paris-Bourke will be at the Paris to Provence Festival in Melbourne. For this occasion, my last charcoal work on timber will be on display: a proud French rooster! But why a rooster? Its association with France dates back from the Middle Ages and is due to the play on words in Latin between Gallus, (inhabitant of Gaule, which later became France), and its homonym gallus, (rooster). The rooster was featured on the reverse of a French 20-franc gold coin from 1899 to 1914. Today, it is often used as the national mascot.

artist Alice N.L.

The rooster crowing sound in French is “Cocorico” (cock-a-doodle-doo)

(This post is dedicated to Cecilia.)

Charcoal on wood

black cockatoo charcoal After dreaming about birds (maybe because they were so noisy at night…) I took the little challenge to draw a large Australian Cockatoo (120cm by 160cm) on a piece of plywood.

I will use it for my next market backdrop, so for all the Melburnians, look for the big bird at the Arts Centre next Sunday and please come to say hello!

black cockatoo charcoal 2