Tiddalick - Maitland Library
I was really happy to paint the story of Tiddalick for the children's library cards, as this is a story that's close to my heart. I grew up visiting Tiddalick quite regularly in the Hunter Valley as a young person and hearing the stories from my uncles and aunts. As an adult I would take culture camps up onto country and visit the local sites including Tiddalick. I always looked forward to seeing the expression on people’s faces when they saw the giant rock representation of Tiddalick and enjoyed sharing the story that teaches us about not being greedy and sharing with others.
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago in the Dreaming there was a greedy frog called Tiddalick. Tiddalick wanted to be the biggest frog in all the land. One very hot day Tiddalick was very thirsty so he began to drink and drink and drink until the whole billabong was all dried up. When all the other animals came to the billabong to drink there was no water. They knew it was the greedy frog who drank all the water. They were very angry at him. If the animals wanted to get all the water out of Tiddalick and back into the billabong they would have to make Tiddalick laugh until all the water came out. The echidna tried to make him laugh by rolling down the hill into the dried-up billabong but Tiddalick didn't laugh. Kangaroo was resting under the gum tree, he jumped and hoped and jumped, but Tiddalick still didn't laugh! Goanna started dancing but Tiddalick still didn't laugh! None of the animals knew what to and they were still very thirsty. When the platypus was dancing, he tied himself into a big knot, Tiddalick could not stop laughing at the platypus. He laughed so much that all the water came out and ran back into the billabong. From that day on Tiddalick was never greedy and only drank what he needed.Artwork Size: 910 x 610 mm
Medium: Mixed Medium on Canvas and Graphic Design
Year: May 2023
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