Opera House Sails or Crocodile Eyes? by Artist Alison Nicholls

Sydney Opera House from Farm Cove, watercolor 11x14" by Alison Nicholls

Sydney Opera House from Farm Cove, watercolor 11×14″ by Alison Nicholls

Every now and again I need a complete break from painting my usual African subject matter, and my recent trip to Australia provided exactly that. So here is my watercolor of the Sydney Opera House, painted while I sat in glorious winter sunshine, looking out at Sydney Harbor from Farm Cove, with cockatoos flying overhead!

It is a beautiful building both inside and out. My husband works for Arup, the engineering company who worked with architect Jorn Utzon to create this iconic structure, so he particularly enjoyed the tour we took inside the opera house. I know there are many ideas about the inspiration for the shape of the opera house and perhaps the best known is that of ‘sails’, mirroring the many yachts found in the harbor. But when I took these photos below, from out on the water, you know what they reminded me of?

Sydney Opera House photos by A Nicholls

Sydney Opera House photos by A Nicholls

The Eyes of a Crocodile!

Until next time…
Alison

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