Weekly Art Project: Week 30

It’s week 30 of my self-guided weekly art project and the bird theme continues. This time my attention turned to galahs – pink breasted cockatoos. Galahs like to forage on foot in grassy areas. Our home is hopelessly devoid of anything resembling lawn so we don’t see them in our yard but they do congregate elsewhere at Copacabana. This blurry snap was taken on my morning walk over Easter

GalahIn Australian slang, a galah is associated with gaudy dress. I decided to exercise some artistic licence and amp up the colour even more as I wanted to reference the pink used in the Pigface textile sketch from Week 1:

Pigface and Galah textile sketches by Brenda Gael Smith

Weekly Art Project Week 30 Galah

Weekly Art Project Week 30 Galah

View the Copa Abstractions collection from my weekly art project so far.

I look forward to seeing YOUR weekly art project. New participants are welcome to join in at any time.  Be sure to link back to your specific blog/social media post so that we can learn more about your inspiration and process.

Weekly Art Project Link Up: Week 29: 12 April 2017  

Week 15 of 2017
[inlinkz_linkup id=710440 mode=1]

Join the Weekly Art Project!

  1. Join the Weekly Art ProjectMake a pledge to participate – you can do this privately but there is power in a public declaration.
  2. Define the parameters of YOUR own weekly project*. Write it down somewhere!
  3. Record your results.
  4. Share a photo via the link up that I will post on my blog each Wednesday. (The link up for each week will stay open for 14 days.)

* Your project can be in any medium and size.  If you would like to explore working in a 6x6in square format, download the Weekly Art Project Design Sheet to develop designs at this scale.


  1. Catts Whiskers says:

    In Australian slang Galah means “fool” or Idiot..or used to describe someone in a derogatory term meaning a loud mouth idiot.
    derived from the aboriginal word Gilaa Kakatoe Rosecapilla… please get your facts straight – nothing to do with loud dresses…

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog Catt Whiskers. I agree that idiot or fool is the primary slang meaning for galah. However, I have also heard the term used to refer to a flashy, somewhat tasteless dress.
      mentions this too and it was this sense that I highlighted in my post. Either way, galahs seem rather unjustly maligned. Their plumage is beautiful and the ones I have spent time with seemed pretty smart. Of course, as someone who grew up in another country, I am not an expert in Australian vernacular. Isn’t language fun?!