On a gorgeous sunny day, a group from CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch discovered May Gibbs' wonderful home on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It was a revelation to learn about May Gibbs' prolific life as an artist and writer, especially working as a woman in that male-dominated era and field. She really was ahead of her time, working as a cartoonist, artist, illustrator and author and promoting her own work with cards, illustrated covers and even wine bottle labels! I particularly loved her watercolour paintings of family and friends - a truly gifted portrait artist. Of course her watercolour illustrations and stories inspired by the Australian bush, are her most famous work and beautifully rendered.
We took a guided tour of her house and learnt many fascinating details of her life including her love of Scotty dogs and lack of interest in cooking! I loved seeing May's easel and original cartoons and caricatures.