According to Aboriginal legend, emus were creator spirits that used to fly and look over the land.
To spot the emu, look south to the Southern Cross; the dark cloud between the stars is the head, while the neck, body and legs are formed from dust lanes stretching across the Milky Way.
Most Aboriginal tribes tell the story of the emu in the sky.
The Emu changes in the Milky way throughout the year and these changes signal times for different activities and ceremonies.
I was inspired to paint this whilst travelling to Uluru and sleeping under the night sky for 12 nights; seeing the emu cross the sky in the Milky Way each night, I was in awe of how beautiful it was and was led to recreate what I was looking at.
Cheree Stokes (C) 21/03/2020
The Emu in the Sky
Acrylic on unstretched canvas