Thursday, 10 January 2019

Scribble Picnic - Holiday Party

Hello fellow Scribblers!

Sorry I've been MIA...if you read earlier posts, you will know why.  The past couple of months have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for me so I haven't been online much at all. I didn't find any time to sketch and I didn't feel the desire to sketch either...until today.  I had planned to have January off to rejuvenate a little but I couldn't let another Scribble Picnic go by.

So the prompt for this week is HOLIDAY PARTY.

With Christmas and New Year behind us, I immediately thought of our Australia Day holiday coming up on January 28th. A day when many Aussie households celebrate with Australiana-themed parties. I've been to a few Australia Day parties organised by various family members over the years and they are a lot of fun.

So, little Charlie the Koala, is all excited and decked out for the party he is off to.  He is wearing an Aussie park ranger uniform, Aussie hat with corks dangling to keep the flies away, a boomerang for the boomerang-throwing competition being held at the party and, of course, his eucalyptus gum leaf snack. OH, almost forgot — his Aussie thongs — which Americans refer to as 'flip-flops', I think.

It's only the initial pencil sketch for now but I will finish him later. As usual, I will most likely make some changes as I go along...could be minor or major changes.

Check out what my fellow scribblers have done for this week HERE.
Feel free to come along to our fortnightly picnic — find out how to join us HERE.

See you all at the party!


  1. He looks very celebratory! Happy Australia Day Serena!

  2. I imagine wearing thongs a bit hard for a koala but he is a cute fellow.

  3. Hats with dangling corks? Hey--whatever works, right! I know he will be really cute when he's done and I hope you show him to us.

    I know how hard it is to get the things done you'd like to sometimes. I'm starting out slower than expected so far this year, but keep plugging away. Glad you were able to participate in Scribble Picnic. :)

    1. Thanks! The hats with the dangling corks is a very Aussie thing. I don't know about nowadays but swag-men and jackaroos (cowboys) used to wear them in the Aussie outback to keep flies off their faces. The outback, particularly on cattle stations, is infested with blowflies.

      I totally get that, Rita...I'm hoping to kick off my 'working' year from February.

  4. Hmmm, perhaps I need a hat like that to keep the mozzies away come summertime here!
    Glad to see you here Serena and hope that this new year brings better times for you - I think most people are happy to see 2018 long gone as it was not a good year in so many ways.

    Hope you find time to finish Charlie - I know you'll make him look very special in time to celebrate the Australia Day party.
    Hugs - Mary

  5. Ooooh, I love where you're going with this. He is certainly a cutie. Dangling corks - never heard of that before but I bet it would help with the gnats here. Hope you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

  6. Serena,

    I have a stuffed toy Koala bear that DH won for me at a carnival when were dating a hundred thousand years ago. I call him 'Koala'. Isn't that original now? LOL Your sketch is delightfully adorable. I always wondered what's the use of the little dangly things on hats was for, so thank you for the education. That's really cool! I hate when flies and other flying insects mess around my face. Yes, we Americans refer to thongs as 'flip-flops'. I'm not much of a wearer these days. I did wear them a lot when I was a kid, though. I can't wait to see your finished artwork of Charlie.

    I am sorry about your mum's Osteoporosis injuries from a few months ago. I have a touch of it but thankfully it's nothing too serious at the moment and I'm doing everything possible to keep it from growing worse as I age. A strong, healthy back is so important. We don't realize it until we hurt it. I'm dealing with neck tension (have been for years) and finally went to the doctor last week. He perscribed muscle relaxers at bedtime which seem to help quite a bit but I have to wonder what happens when I stop the meds?

    Let's hope 2019 is kinder to each of us, giving us and our families good health, loads of happiness, tons of fun, and success with all of our pursuits. Thank you for visiting and I'm looking forward to forging our friendship to a deeper level this year. Have a good day and God bless! ;)

  7. Charlie is adorable! Happy Australia Day! :) I really liked reading about this day. I know nothing of it and you know I love all holidays! :) You look so pretty in your new photo too! :) Wishing you a better year in 2019 Serena. xxx

  8. He's cute - looking forward to seeing him done.. Your post reminds me that about 4 months ago my son's girlfriend asked me to draw her a koala bear. I haven't done it yet! ...sigh.

  9. Great sketch for Australia Day :)

  10. Is it Ok to wish you a Happy Australia Day this early? I didn;t even know there was such a day but how fun. I love the idea of it and am thrilled to think my niece, who recently moved to Melbourne, will be there to celebrate it too.

    I can't wait to see Charlie completed. I can almost picture it now. Great! And waht a fab/unique Holiday perfect. Pefect!

    Thank you so much for playing along, Serena. Again, all the best for your mum and your fur-baby, Cody, etc.

    BTW, the new Picnic theme is referring to one's own town, place, etc.

  11. First of all sorry to hear about your mum. I too have been mia due to hybby’s health problems. So i am just reading about all your health problems too. Hope your mum recovers soon. Hope your hip problem is also sorted surely not an easy decision to make.
    Glad to see you got some sketching time in and as always it is lovely