When I was discussing the scenes of dusk with Parnell Dempster back in late 1992, he reminded me that the children had plenty of time to observe the progression from day through dusk to night. After all, they were locked in their respective dormitories by that time, and they would watch the falling night through the windows. He told me that they would often talk about the subtleties of dusk between themselves as they were observing the changing light.
No wonder it was a popular subject for their drawings: the creatures and smells of the day blending effortlessly into those of the night.
As a result, the child artists created a number of drawings depicting the bush at dusk, as well as the activities of animals and birds at night. The image of an owl silhouetted against the moon was a common theme, or a possum in a tree; or hunters (above) decorated in stripes of white body paint.
Reynold Hart, Parnell Dempster, Keith Indich, Milton Jackson, Cliff Ryder and Arthur Bropho each created such examples in their art.
The film clip below shows a dusk at Carrolup in more recent times (2007).
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